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Researchers stimulate human amygdala to gain key insight into sudden unexpected death in epilepsy

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 18:33
Researchers have identified areas of the human brain in which breathing is controlled and, in some cases, impaired. Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy is becoming increasingly recognized as a very real and devastating problem in which impaired breathing is thought to play a critical role. Researchers believe breathing may be impaired during and after seizures, without the patient's knowledge.
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Research breakthrough to treat girls-only epilepsy

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 11:44
A breakthrough discovery is expected to help thousands of young girls worldwide who are suffering from a rare yet debilitating form of epilepsy, an international team led by a genetics expert reports.
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Increased risk of complications, death during delivery for women with epilepsy

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 11:41
A small fraction of pregnancies occur in women with epilepsy but a new study suggests those women may be at higher risk for complications and death during delivery, in a new article.
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People with epilepsy can benefit from smartphone apps to manage their condition

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 08:30
While many people with epilepsy can control their seizures with medication, those unpredictable and involuntary changes in behavior and consciousness can be limiting for others. Neurologists evaluated the application of smartphones in epilepsy care. Apps include seizure diaries as well as medication trackers with reminders to take the next dose of medication. In addition, apps are available to answer any questions patients with epilepsy might have, to detect potential drug interactions and to detect seizures.
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Quiet that ringing in the brain

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 18:03
Epilepsy and tinnitus are both caused by overly excitable nerve cells. Healthy nerves have a built-in system that slams on the brakes when they get too excited. The 'brakes' are actually potassium channels that regulate nerve signals. A new drug may treat both conditions by selectively opening potassium channels in the brain.
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Scientists identify amino acid that stops seizures in mice

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 14:15
An amino acid whose role in the body has been all but a mystery appears to act as a potent seizure inhibitor in mice, according to a study. In a series of experiments, the amino acid D-leucine, found in many foods and certain bacteria, interrupted prolonged seizures, a serious condition known as status epilepticus, and it did so just as effectively as the epilepsy drug diazepam -- the choice of treatment for patients in the throes of convulsions -- but without any of the drug's sedative side effects.
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Academic struggles more common in children with epilepsy who have brain surgery

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 13:06
A new study has taken the first-ever look at the academic outcomes of children with epilepsy who have had brain surgery, and found that they have a higher chance of struggling in class following their surgery.
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Epilepsy has been found to reduce the generation of new neurons

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 08:34
The mission of neural stem cells located in the hippocampus, one of the main regions of the brain, is to generate new neurons during the adult life of mammals, and their function is to participate in certain types of learning and responses to anxiety and stress. New research has discovered that hippocampal neural stem cells in the case of epilepsy stop generating new neurons and are turned into reactive astrocytes, a cell type that promotes inflammation and alters communication between neurons. Now the researchers are exploring the potential of neural stem cells in future therapies to fight the disease.
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Memory task-specific encoding by neuronal networks in the human hippocampus

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 16:37
Epilepsy patients undergoing intracranial monitoring for seizure localization provide an excellent model to study discharge patterns of single neurons within the mesial temporal lobe during memory tasks. Animal models have shown that discharge patterns of CA3 neuronal populations influence the discharge of CA1 neurons. The researchers hypothesized that human hippocampal neurons have regionally and temporally specific and interrelated discharge patterns, which contribute to task specific memory formation and retrieval.
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Parents describe arduous journey to pediatric epileptic surgery when their child's disease becomes resistant to anti-seizure meds

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 14:06
Now, parents share their arduous and “circuitous” journey to get referrals for pediatric epilepsy surgery once their child’s disease stops responding to anti-seizure medications. The study sheds light on the difficulties parents face obtaining specialty and sub-specialty care for their children during an already stressful time.
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New guideline advises when to treat a first seizure

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 18:25
A new guideline found that administering an antiepileptic medication immediately after a first seizure reduces the risk of having another seizure within two years.
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Autism-epilepsy connection explored in four studies

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 10:08
Epilepsy affects nearly 30 percent of all people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a neurobehavioral condition marked by impaired social and language development. Conversely, many patients with epilepsy display ASD-like behavior. Recent studies suggest that epileptic seizures impair the neural pathways needed for socialization, but the details of this process remain unclear.
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Electronic micropump to deliver treatments deep within the brain

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 13:23
For a condition such as epilepsy, it is essential to act at exactly the right time and place in the brain. For this reason, a team of researchers has developed an organic electronic micropump which, when combined with an anti-convulsant drug, enables localized inhibition of epileptic seizure in brain tissue in vitro.
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Medical marijuana liquid extract may bring hope for children with severe epilepsy

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 18:37
A medicinal liquid form of marijuana may show promise as a treatment for children with severe epilepsy that is not responding to other treatments, according to a new study.
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