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Epilepsy in the elderly
It is more difficult to recognize and treat epilepsy in old than in young patients. (2009-03-13)
The high risk of epilepsy in children and young adults lasts years after traumatic brain injury
The high risk of epilepsy after brain injury lasts more than a decade after the injury took place. (2009-02-22)
Taurine: Key to the visual toxicity of an anti-epileptic drug for children?
Vigabatrin, first intention molecule for the treatment of epilepsy in children, in many cases produces secondary effects that lead to an irreversible loss of vision. (2009-02-17)
Controversial medication may decrease spasms for infants with epilepsy
The antiepileptic drug vigabatrin has been shown to be one of the best treatments against a special form of epilepsy in infants, called infantile spasm. (2009-02-02)
First gene discovered for most common form of epilepsy
An international team of researchers, led by investigators at Columbia University Medical Center, has uncovered the first gene linked to the most common type of epilepsy, called Rolandic epilepsy. (2009-01-28)
Study: Adding Vimpat significantly reduces partial-onset seizures in adults with epilepsy
Vimpat demonstrated greater seizure reduction and improved seizure freedom versus placebo when added to first and second-generation antiepileptic drugs. (2009-01-27)
Evolution and epilepsy
Studies at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine on brain electrical signaling offer a fresh perspective on vertebrate evolution, provide additional evidence supporting Darwinian views of evolution, and may also lead to more effective treatment of epileptic seizures in infants. (2009-01-21)
Study yields clues about the evolution of epilepsy
Two children have a seizure. One child never has another seizure. (2009-01-06)
Seizing the day
Tel Aviv University researchers find epileptics in stressful jobs can handle the pressure. (2008-12-31)
Doctors raise questions, concerns about FDA suicide warning
Among the doctors' concerns is that news reports of the FDA's analyses have confused patients and, perhaps, some physicians on the risks associated with epilepsy drugs. (2008-12-09)
Researchers report on convergence of technology
Scientists describe how the convergence of technology and medicine is opening an unprecedented window to brain function at the most fundamental levels and blazing a trail toward achieving near pin-point accuracy in defining the cause of epilepsy and in delivering therapeutic agents to specific seizure causing regions in the brain (2008-12-09)
New Keppra XR data highlight its role for patients with partial-onset seizures
UCB today announced findings from new studies of the once-daily anti-epileptic drug Keppra XRTM (levetiracetam) extended-release tablets comparing tolerability vs. levetiracetam immediate release and reporting on additional dosing schedules. (2008-12-09)
Rice University study finds possible clues to epilepsy, autism
Rice University researchers have found a potential clue to the roots of epilepsy, autism, schizophrenia and other neurological disorders. (2008-12-08)
Experts propose minimum standards of care for epilepsy
Leading epilepsy specialists met today at the American Epilepsy Society annual meeting in Seattle to unveil a recently published consensus report that proposes minimum standards of care for diagnosing, treating and monitoring epilepsy. (2008-12-08)
Epilepsy drug shows potential for Alzheimer's treatment
A drug commonly used to treat epilepsy could help clear the plaques in the brain associated with Alzheimer's disease, according to researchers at the University of Leeds. (2008-12-08)
Mayo Clinic finds it generally safe to withdraw anti-seizure medication in children with epilepsy
A new Mayo Clinic study found that it is generally safe to withdraw anti-seizure medications in children with epilepsy who have achieved seizure-freedom while on the medication. (2008-12-07)
New research reports on interventions that may alter the course of epilepsy diagnosis and management
New studies presented at the 62nd annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society will preview interventions that may alter the course of epilepsy diagnosis and management to improve the care of people living with this common neurological condition. (2008-12-05)
Jefferson researcher awarded NIH grant
Scott Mintzer, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, and director of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at the Jefferson Comprehensive Epilepsy Center of Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience was recently awarded a Junior Investigator grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the adverse metabolic effects of antiepileptic seizure medications. (2008-12-04)
New target discovered to treat epileptic seizures following brain trauma or stroke
New therapies for some forms of epilepsy may soon be possible, thanks to a discovery made by a team of University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute neuroscience researchers. (2008-12-04)
Analysis supports use of surgery to treat medication-resistant epilepsy
Persons with temporal lobe epilepsy who do not respond to medication could receive a substantial gain in life expectancy and quality of life by undergoing surgery of the temporal lobe part of the brain, according to an analysis reported in the Dec. (2008-12-02)
Maternal exposure to folic acid antagonists increases risks
Exposure to folic acid antagonists during pregnancy is associated with a higher risk of placenta-mediated adverse outcomes such as preeclampsia, placental abruption, fetal growth restriction or fetal death reports a retrospective cohort study published in CMAJ. (2008-12-01)
Brain's magnetic fields reveal language delays in autism
Faint magnetic signals from brain activity in children with autism show that those children process sound and language differently from nonautistic children. (2008-12-01)
Epilepsy drug may increase risk of autism in children
A new study shows that women who take the epilepsy drug valproate while pregnant may significantly increase their child's risk of developing autism. (2008-12-01)
International team discovers gene associated with epilepsy
A University of Iowa-led international research team has found a new gene associated with the brain disorder epilepsy. (2008-11-18)
Drops in blood oxygen levels may be key to sudden death in some epilepsy patients
A new study by researchers at UC Davis Medical Center suggests that the sudden unexplained deaths of some epilepsy patients may be a result of their brains not telling their bodies to breathe during seizures. (2008-11-17)
Australia leads world first global effort to improve diagnosis of genetic disorders
An Australian-led global initiative to improve the diagnosis of genetic disorders and reduce errors in the reporting of genetic variations has been published today in the prestigious scientific journal Science. (2008-11-06)
Brain edema is associated with recurrent adult seizures
Brain seizures that are due to neurocysticercosis caused by tapeworm infection are commonly associated with fluid (perlesional edema/PO) around dead calcified cysticercal granulomas. (2008-11-03)
Epilepsy drug may help Alzheimer's patients
A popular epilepsy drug may also be beneficial in patients with Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study to be published on Oct. (2008-10-27)
A new relationship between brain derived neurotrophic factor and inflammatory signaling
Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia/University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine have shown that the development of epilepsy in adult rats is linked to functional changes in the expression of alpha 1 containing GABA-A receptors. (2008-10-22)
Majority of children vaccinated against hepatitis B not at increased risk of MS
The majority of children vaccinated against hepatitis B are not at an increased risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study to be published in the Oct. (2008-09-25)
University of Bath conference tackles the health of the nation
Teenage mental health, childhood obesity and the dangers of an over-indulgent lifestyle are amongst the topics to be discussed at the annual School for Health Research Matters conference at the University of Bath on Friday, Sept. (2008-09-18)
Migraine linked to blood clots in veins
People with migraines may also be more likely to develop blood clots in their veins, according to a study published in the Sept. (2008-09-15)
Diet may eliminate spasms for infants with epilepsy
Infantile spasms are a severe and potentially devastating epilepsy condition affecting children aged typically 4-8 months. (2008-09-08)
3T MRI leads to better diagnosis for focal epilepsy
3T MRI is better at detecting and characterizing structural brain abnormalities in patients with focal epilepsy than 1.5T MRI, leading to a better diagnosis and safer treatment of patients, according to a recent study conducted at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Ore. (2008-09-05)
How to stop a new type of heart attack
As inconceivable as it might seem, the digital signals used to monitor and adjust implantable medical devices such as pacemakers, could be targeted by malicious hackers. (2008-08-20)
Brain surgery is getting easier on patients
Dr. Edward Duckworth is part of a new generation of neurosurgeons who are making brain surgery a lot easier on patients. (2008-08-20)
Epilepsy linked to higher risk of drowning
People with epilepsy appear to have a much higher risk of drowning compared to people without epilepsy, according to a study published in the Aug. (2008-08-18)
Greater response to placebo in children than in adults
In a systematic review of antiepileptic drugs, Philippe Ryvlin (of the Hospices Civils de Lyon, France) and colleagues show that children with drug-resistant partial epilepsy enrolled in trials seem to have a greater response to placebo than adults enrolled in such trials. (2008-08-11)
Parents can be reassured that death after febrile seizures is very rare, even in high-risk children
Long-term mortality is not increased in children with febrile seizures -- although there seems to be a doubling of mortality during the two years after complex febrile seizures. (2008-08-07)
Epilepsy drug may increase risk of birth defects
Taking the epilepsy drug topiramate alone or along with other epilepsy drugs during pregnancy may increase the risk of birth defects, according to a study published in the July 22, 2008, issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2008-07-21)
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