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Read the latest medical research on epilepsy and seizures including new treatments and potential cures under development.
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New guideline on how to map brain prior to epilepsy surgery

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 18:41
Before epilepsy surgery, doctors may consider using brain imaging to locate language and memory functions in the brain instead of the more invasive procedure that is commonly used, according to a guideline. It is the first evidence-based guideline that systematically reviewed all evidence for such an evaluation.
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Common epilepsies share genetic overlap with rare types

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 19:49
Several genes implicated in rare forms of pediatric epilepsy also contribute to common forms of the disorder, new research has found.
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Why exposure to rhythmic stimulation at certain frequencies facilitate epileptic seizures

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 13:44
New research proposes an explanation for the occurrence of epileptic seizures as a result of the exposure to certain stimuli.
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Research locates absence epilepsy seizure 'choke point' in brain

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 14:35
Researchers used a rodent model to discover that shifting the firing pattern of a particular set of brain cells is all it takes to initiate, or to terminate, an absence seizure.
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New findings about stem cells in the brain of patients with epilepsy

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 08:10
Neural stem cells have been found in epileptic brain tissue—outside the regions of the brain where they normally reside. In a group of patients who underwent surgery for epilepsy, over half had stem cells where healthy individuals do not have them, according to a study.
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New epilepsy gene network identified by scientists

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 07:42
Scientists have discovered a gene network in the brain associated with epilepsy. The team believes the discovery may lead to more treatments for the condition.
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Tablet-based tool helps epilepsy patients learn self-management skills

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 15:08
Epilepsy patients who want to learn how to manage their own unique symptoms can now get individualized information via tablet computer through a new research project.
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Link found between epilepsy drugs and birth defects

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 14:58
For most women who have epilepsy, continuing their medication during pregnancy is important for their health. Over the last 25 years, research has shown that children exposed to these medications in the womb can be at a higher risk of having a malformation or birth defect.
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Connection found between memory mechanisms, resistance to epilepsy

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 08:43
A genetic change in the protein eEF2K creates resistance to epileptic attacks, thereby creating the possibility of a new treatment for the disease, show the surprising results of a new study.
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Depression in young people affects the stomach, anxiety the skin

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 08:16
Mental disorders and physical diseases frequently go hand in hand. For the first time, psychologists have identified temporal patterns in young people: arthritis and diseases of the digestive system are more common after depression, while anxiety disorders tend to be followed by skin diseases.
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Epilepsy: why do seizures sometimes continue after surgery?

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 10:44
The potential reasons why many patients with severe epilepsy still continue to experience seizures even after surgery have been outlined in a new report. Epilepsy continues to be a serious health problem and is the most common serious neurological disorder. Medically intractable temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) remains the most frequent neurosurgically treated epilepsy disorder.
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Study links mothers with rheumatoid arthritis and kids with epilepsy

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 16:07
A new study shows a link between mothers with rheumatoid arthritis and children with epilepsy. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes the body’s own immune system to attack the joints. It differs from osteoarthritis, which is caused by wear and tear on the joints.
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Huperzine A provides seizure protection in genetic epilepsy models

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 12:53
The compound huperzine A can increase resistance to induced seizures in mouse models of genetic epilepsy, scientists have found. In particular, huperzine A shows potential for protecting against febrile seizures, which are a feature of both Dravet syndrome, a severe form of childhood epilepsy, and a related condition, GEFS+ (genetic epilepsy with febrile seizures plus).
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How brain surgery eliminates seizures in epilepsy patients

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 14:53
Surgery is an option for patients who do not respond to medications and have epileptic scar tissue that can be removed safely. In 60 to 70 percent of surgery patients, seizures are completely eliminated, and the success rate likely will improve as imaging and surgical techniques improve.
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Poor children with epilepsy may face social hurdles

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 11:29
In a population-based Canadian study of children with epilepsy, each of whom had access to universal health care, those from poor families had the same medical course and remission rate as their wealthier counterparts, but they had a less favorable social outcome as adults.
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Scientists track unexpected mechanisms of memory

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 14:05
Our brains hold on to memories via physical changes in synapses, the tiny connections between neurons. Unexpected molecular mechanisms by which these changes take place have now been revealed by new research.
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