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Epilepsy is relatively common - it is a group of disorders that involve recurrent seizures. Epilepsy can start at any age, but it mostly begins during childhood. Treatment involves using epilepsy drugs to control seizures. In rare cases, surgery may be used to either remove a specific area of the brain that is affected, or install an electrical device to assist in controlling seizures.
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Cannabis compound may halve seizures for patients with severe epilepsy

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 03:00
Cannabidiol - an active component of cannabis - more than halved the frequency of atonic seizures for patients with severe epilepsy, a new study reveals.
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Study finds genetic basis for drug response in childhood absence epilepsy

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 03:00
Consider two children who have childhood absence epilepsy (CAE), the most common form of pediatric epilepsy.
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Is early pregnancy BMI associated with increased risk of childhood epilepsy?

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 03:00
Increased risk for childhood epilepsy was associated with maternal overweight or obesity in early pregnancy in a study of babies born in Sweden, according to a study published online by JAMA...
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Yeast extract may boost brain function

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 12:00
Researchers suggest that a popular British brand of yeast extract, Marmite, may boost brain function by increasing levels of the neurotransmitter GABA.
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Neurological diseases cost the U.S. nearly $800 billion per year

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 09:00
A new paper published in the Annals of Neurology reports the most common neurological diseases pose a serious annual financial burden for the nation.
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Electrical brain stimulation found to improve working memory

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 03:00
Scientists use transcranial alternating current stimulation to improve working memory. The findings may one day help patients to recover from brain injury.
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Updated epilepsy classification may lead to advances in diagnosis, treatment, and research

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 09:00
It has been nearly three decades since experts published a classification system related to epilepsy.
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New mech­an­ism un­der­ly­ing epi­lepsy found

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 03:00
Prolonged epileptic seizures may cause serious problems that will continue for the rest of a patient's life.
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Modified Atkins diet helps children with rare form of epilepsy

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 09:00
Doose syndrome or myoclonic-astatic epilepsy is a rare syndrome accounting for one to two percent of childhood epilepsies.
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Significant epilepsy gene discovery in dogs

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 03:00
Researh groups from the University of Helsinki, the LMU Munich and the University of Guelph have described in collaboration a novel myoclonic epilepsy in dogs and identified its genetic cause.
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International study suggests Nodding syndrome caused by response to parasitic protein

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 03:00
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have uncovered new clues to the link between Nodding syndrome, a devastating form of pediatric epilepsy found in specific areas of east Africa, and...
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Epilepsy drug discovered in fish model shows promise in small pediatric clinical trial

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 03:00
"Bench-to-bedside" describes research that has progressed from basic science in animal models that has led to therapies used in patients.
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Many older adults with epilepsy may not be receiving optimal care

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 03:00
Many older adults with newly diagnosed epilepsy in the United States are being prescribed older anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs), and only half begin treatment with AEDs within the first 30 days of a...
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Split brain does not lead to split consciousness

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 03:00
A new research study contradicts the established view that so-called split-brain patients have a split consciousness.
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Common epilepsies share genetic overlap with rare types

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 03:00
An international study led by Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and NewYork-Presbyterian researchers has found that several genes previously implicated only in rare, severe forms of...
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New guideline on how to map brain prior to epilepsy surgery

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 03:00
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...
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