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Brain signals between seizures may explain memory problems in patients with epilepsy

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 14:23
Brain cells in epileptic patients send signals that make 'empty memories,' perhaps explaining the learning problems faced by up to 40 percent of patients.
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Women with epilepsy just as likely to get pregnant as healthy women of childbearing age

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 09:47
In a prospective study, women with epilepsy had a comparable likelihood of achieving pregnancy, time taken to get pregnant, and pregnancy outcomes such as miscarriage, compared to a group of healthy peers. These findings contradict previously held beliefs in the medical community regarding the fertility of women with epilepsy.
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Once-a-day epilepsy drug may prevent seizures as well as twice-a-day drug

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 17:48
A new study suggests that an epilepsy drug that can be taken once a day may control seizures as well as a drug that must be taken twice a day, according to a preliminary study.
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Epilepsy drug may not increase risk of birth defects

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 16:52
Babies born to pregnant women taking the epilepsy drug lamotrigine may not be at an increased risk of birth defects, such as cleft lip, cleft palate or clubfoot, according to a study.
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Heart rate variability predicts epileptic seizures

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 09:19
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes seizures of many different types. Recent research has found that epileptic seizures can be more easily predicted by using an electrocardiogram to measure fluctuations in the heart rate than by measuring brain activity, because the monitoring device is easier to wear.
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Even seizure-free, children with epilepsy can face social problems as adults

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 13:54
Learning difficulties and behavioral problems during childhood can lead to suboptimal social and educational outcomes among young adults with childhood epilepsy even when their seizures are well under control and their disease in remission, according to findings from a study.
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Birth control pills may increase risk of seizures

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 12:45
Could certain types of hormonal contraceptives cause an increase in seizures in women with epilepsy? A recent study suggests that ethinyl estradiol, the primary component of oral contraceptives, could be detrimental to the epileptic brain.
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Team redesigns epilepsy drug to increase potency, specificity, reduce side effects

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 10:28
A more effective version of an FDA-approved epilepsy drug has been designed with the potential for fewer side effects, according to a study. The experimental agent could also prove to be a treatment for tinnitus and other disorders caused by volatile neural signaling.
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Neuron type-specific gene loss linked to angelman syndrome seizures

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 13:38
A new study has helped determine that UBE3A gene loss specifically from GABAergic neurons is what's critical for seizures in Angelman patients. But UBE3A loss from other neuron types may drive other phenotypes associated with the condition.
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Changes in heart activity may signal epilepsy

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 12:52
Researchers have found that the parasympathetic nervous system modulates breathing and slows the heart rate of sleeping children with epilepsy substantially more than in healthy children. The finding may have implications for diagnosing and treating the disease and understanding sudden unexpected death in epilepsy.
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Genes influence sleep/wake timing of seizures in people with epilepsy

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 14:44
New research shows that genetics plays a role in sleep/wake timing of seizures. Researchers studied 1,395 individuals with epilepsy in families containing multiple people with epilepsy to determine whether sleep/wake timing of seizures runs in families.
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Cannabidiol for treating seizures Show Promise

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 20:40
Researchers have presented the first findings of a large study of cannabidiol for treating seizures.
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Device to combat memory loss from brain injury, epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease created

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 12:15
New technologies to improve memory in people with traumatic brain injury, mild cognitive impairment, epilepsy, and Alzheimer’s disease have been developed by scientists.
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New insights into epilepsy drug Retigabine

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 06:07
New insights into Retigabine, a known pharmacological treatment for epilepsy, have been gained by recent study. Epilepsy is a family of encephalopathies characterized by abnormal synchronous and rhythmic neuronal activity in the brain that results in seizures. It is one of the most common disorders of the brain and has been diagnosed in 5.1 million people in the United States.
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No change in epilepsy incidence in younger patients; increase among elderly

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 11:39
There appears to have been no change in the incidence of epilepsy in patients younger than 65 over the past 40 years in Finland but an increased incidence among older patients, which a new study suggests means no progress in preventing new cases of epilepsy, according to a new article.
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New study confirms different generics have equal efficacy when treating epilepsy

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 09:16
A new study tested two generic lamotrigine (prescription antiepileptic) products and found no detectable difference in clinical effects among patients in the trial.
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New study confirms different generics have equal efficacy when treating epilepsy

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 09:16
A new study tested two generic lamotrigine (prescription antiepileptic) products and found no detectable difference in clinical effects among patients in the trial.
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New guideline for treatment of prolonged seizures in children and adults

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 14:07
Status epilepticus -- continuous or rapid sequential seizure activity for 30 minutes or more -- is a medical emergency with a high mortality rate in both children and adults. Prompt and effective treatment is key; therefore the American Epilepsy Society (AES) has released a new guideline to help physicians, hospitals, and health systems treat patients effectively.
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New guideline for treatment of prolonged seizures in children and adults

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 14:07
Status epilepticus -- continuous or rapid sequential seizure activity for 30 minutes or more -- is a medical emergency with a high mortality rate in both children and adults. Prompt and effective treatment is key; therefore the American Epilepsy Society (AES) has released a new guideline to help physicians, hospitals, and health systems treat patients effectively.
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Epilepsy at the molecular level

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:18
Researchers study the link between malformations of the cerebral cortex and the occurrence of the neurological disease. Why does a structural irregularity in the temporal lobe make humans more susceptible to epileptic seizures? Experts have been searching for the answer to this question for a long time. A group of scientists has published a study involving a comparison of nearly 30,000 genes.
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