Epilepsy Research News
February 7, 2016

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February 7, 2016

Why Epilepsy May Account for More Lost Years of Life Than Other Brain Disorders

Dec. 16, 2015 — People with epilepsy have a 27-fold greater risk of sudden death than people without the disorder. However, many of these deaths could be prevented through greater identification of epilepsy as a ... read more

Sleep Disturbance in Epilepsy: Causes and Consequences

Dec. 7, 2015 — Researchers are only beginning to understand the implications of disrupted sleep in people with epilepsy. Recent findings suggest that seizure-interrupted sleep could impede memory formation, impair ... read more

Mysteries of SCN8A Mutation in Epilepsy Unraveled

Dec. 6, 2015 — Three studies explore the effects of mutations in the SCN8A gene, thought to underlie early infantile epileptic encephalopathy (EIEE) and other neurological conditions. The SCN8A gene mediates ... read more

Personalized Medicine Studies Reveal Gene Targets for Epilepsy

Dec. 6, 2015 — Technological advances ranging from gene editing to next-generation sequencing offer unprecedented access to the human genome and promise to reshape the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. Four ... read more

Emerging Technologies Help Advance the Understanding, Detection and Control of Epilepsy

Dec. 6, 2015 — A smartphone-induced EEG waveform and an intelligent algorithm for seizure detection are among the emerging new technologies. Four innovative studies promise to reshape current paradigms for seizure ... read more

Studies Reveal the Surprising Complexity of Cognitive Issues in Children With Epilepsy

Dec. 6, 2015 — Children with epilepsy face a number of challenges compared with their healthy peers, including an increased risk of cognitive impairment. Three studies presented the American Epilepsy Society's ... read more

Four Studies Explore Memory Decline in People With Epilepsy

Dec. 6, 2015 — Four studies presented at the American Epilepsy Society's (AES) 69th Annual Meeting uncover the biological factors that mediate memory decline in people with epilepsy, particularly those with ... read more

Novel Devices, Technologies Provide Insights Into Seizure Control, Surgical Targets

Dec. 6, 2015 — Three studies to be presented at the American Epilepsy Society's 69th Annual Meeting describe novel devices and technologies that could reshape current understanding of the complex mechanisms ... read more

Autoimmune Epilepsy Outcomes Depend Heavily on Antibody Type

Dec. 4, 2015 — Immune dysfunction is increasingly recognized as a cause of drug-resistant epilepsy but how or why the immune system attacks nerve cells -- and the consequences on seizure control -- are not well ... read more

Dec. 3, 2015 — A new detailed map of the hippocampal region of the brain is helping the scientific community accelerate research and develop better treatments for patients suffering from epilepsy and other ... read more

Dec. 3, 2015 — Scientists have found a way to rapidly suppress epilepsy in mouse models by manipulating a known genetic pathway using a cancer drug currently in human clinical trials for the treatment of brain and ... read more

Brain Surgery Through One-Inch Opening Successfully Treats Epileptic Seizures in Children

Nov. 30, 2015 — A minimally-invasive endoscopic surgery has been developed by researchers, demonstrating efficacy in treating intractable epileptic seizures in ... read more

New Diet Provides Hope for Treating Patients With Drug Resistant Epilepsy

Nov. 25, 2015 — A specific diet can be used to help treat patients with uncontrolled epilepsy, a new study indicates. The findings reveal how the ketogenic diet acts to block seizures in patients with drug-resistant ... read more

New Approach Explored to Prevent Newborn Epilepsies

Nov. 23, 2015 — Specific forms of epilepsy may manifest as early as in the first weeks of life. A new laboratory study shows that a preventive therapeutic strategy can be successful if it is applied within a time ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — In epilepsy, nerve cells or neurons lose their usual rhythm, and ion channels, which have a decisive influence on their excitability, are involved. A team of researchers has now discovered a new ... read more

Nov. 16, 2015 — Researchers conducted experiments on the hippocampus of neonatal rats and mice, quite similar to the one of a human fetus at the second half of pregnancy period. Hence it will be possible make ... read more

Fly Method Is Epilepsy's Ray of Light

Nov. 5, 2015 — A revolutionary new research approach has for the first time shown that epilepsy could be preventable. However, the technique developed and tested over three-years will not benefit individuals who ... read more

Pertussis Infection in Children Associated With Small Increased Risk of Epilepsy

Nov. 3, 2015 — Although the absolute risk was low, researchers found an increased risk of childhood-onset epilepsy among children in Denmark who had a hospital-diagnosed pertussis infection, compared with the ... read more

Oct. 26, 2015 — Scientists have decoded a central signal cascade associated with epileptic seizures. If the researchers blocked a central switch in epileptic mice, the frequency and severity of the seizures ... read more

Researchers Identify Gene That Increases Risk of Sudden Death in Patients With Mild Epilepsy

Oct. 15, 2015 — A gene mutation that increases the risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) in patients with mild forms of the disease has been discovered by a group of ... read more

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