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Electrical synapses in the brain offer new avenue for epilepsy research and possible treatment

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 14:19
A child with absence epilepsy may be in the middle of doing something—she could be dancing, studying, talking—when all of a sudden she stares off into space for a few moments. Then, as quickly as she drifted off, the child snaps back into whatever she was doing, unaware that the episode occurred. That brief moment of disconnect from reality is called an absence seizure. Researchers now suggest that electrical signals directly exchanged between brain cells may hold promise as a potential target for absence epilepsy treatments.
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Some psychotic disorders may be induced by drugs designed to combat effects of epilepsy

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 16:36
A new study indicates that antiepileptic drugs designed to reduce seizures, may also induce psychotic disorders in some patients.
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Leaky calcium triggers brainstem blackout that results in sudden cardiac death

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 19:09
Researchers report how a mutation in a gene involved in the regulation of calcium inside brain cells can help trigger blackouts of the brainstem, the center that controls heartbeat and breathing, and increase the risk of sudden unexpected death.
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The heart-brain connection: The link between LQTS and seizures

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 13:29
Patients carrying certain mutations that cause Long QT Syndrome, a rare cardiac rhythm disorder, have an increased risk for developing seizures and have more severe cardiac symptoms.
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Virtual brain helps decrypt epilepsy

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 09:30
A virtual brain has been created that can reconstitute the brain of a person affected by epilepsy for the first time. From this work we understand better how the disease works and can also better prepare for surgery, say scientists.
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Novel compounds arrested epilepsy development in mice

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 09:29
Neuroprotective compounds have been developed by scientists that may prevent the development of epilepsy. The researchers explained that the compounds prevented seizures and their damaging effects on dendritic spines, specialized structures that allow brain cells to communicate. In epilepsy, these structures are damaged and rewire incorrectly, creating brain circuits that are hyper-connected and prone to seizures, an important example of pathological plasticity.
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Scientists apply new imaging tool to common brain disorders

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 14:35
A new approach has been developed to scanning the brain for changes in synapses that are associated with common brain disorders. The technique may provide insights into the diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of disorders, including epilepsy and Alzheimer's disease, say authors of a new report.
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Suicide Rate is 22% Higher among People with Epilepsy than the General Population

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 09:39
The suicide rate among people with epilepsy is 22 percent higher than the general population, according to a new study.
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New technique could revolutionize surgical treatment of epilepsy

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 08:30
A pioneering new technique has been developed that could revolutionize the surgical treatment of epilepsy. The new technique is designed to help surgeons and neurologists measure the relative contribution to the occurrence of seizures made by different brain regions, and so determine the brain regions to remove that will have most benefit to the individual.
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Having a relative with epilepsy may increase your risk of being diagnosed with autism

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 14:14
Having a first-degree relative with epilepsy may increase a person's risk of being diagnosed with autism, according to a new study.
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Researchers discover why stress leads to increased seizures in epilepsy patients

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 15:59
For epilepsy patients, stress and anxiety can exacerbate their condition; increasing the frequency and severity of seizures. Until now, it was unclear why this happened and what could be done to prevent it. In a new study, researchers have shown that epilepsy actually changes the way the brain reacts to stress, and have used these findings to point to new drugs that may prevent stress-induced seizures.
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Brain needs to 'clean itself up' so that it can 'sort itself out'

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 11:32
A new piece of research has revealed how the brain’s cleaning up mechanisms function in neurodegenerative diseases. This discovery opens up a new channel for exploring therapies that could palliate the effects of brain diseases.
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Antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy: Folic acid could help to prevent autism

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 08:24
If pregnant women take antiepileptic drugs, the child can develop autistic traits. The administration of folic acid preparations appears to be a suitable means of preventing this serious side-effect, suggest researchers.
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The brain needs cleaning to stay healthy

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 15:17
New research has revealed the mechanisms that keep the brain clean during neurodegenerative diseases.
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Crowdsourcing contest using data from people, dogs advances epileptic seizure forecasting

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 14:49
It might sound like a riddle: What do you get when you combine one online contest, two patients, five dogs and 654 data scientists?
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Drug used for pain, anxiety may be linked to birth defects

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 17:00
A drug commonly used to treat pain, epilepsy, anxiety and other brain health disorders may be associated with an increased risk of major birth defects, according to a new study.
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Algorithms can predict epileptic seizures

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 08:41
Computer scientists and mathematicians have developed a prediction model that can warn epileptic sufferers of an upcoming seizure with 20 minutes notice.
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