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October 5, 2015

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October 5, 2015

People With Epilepsy Can Benefit from Smartphone Apps to Manage Their Condition

July 1, 2015 — 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 ... read more

Memory Task-Specific Encoding by Neuronal Networks in the Human Hippocampus

May 6, 2015 — 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 ... read more

Parents Describe Arduous Journey to Pediatric Epileptic Surgery When Their Child's Disease Becomes Resistant to Anti-Seizure Meds

Apr. 29, 2015 — 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 ... read more

Medical Marijuana Liquid Extract May Bring Hope for Children With Severe Epilepsy

Apr. 13, 2015 — 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 ... read more

Study Finds New Genetic Clues to Pediatric Seizure Disorders

Apr. 2, 2015 — Researchers have identified a new genetic mutation at the heart of a severe and potentially deadly seizure disorder found in infants and young children. The finding may help scientists unravel the ... read more

Mar. 24, 2015 — Brain somatic mutations in the MTOR gene Researchers propose a targeted therapy to lessen epileptic seizures by suppressing the activation of mTOR kinase, a signaling protein in the ... read more

Mar. 18, 2015 — Epilepsy is a very prevalent neurological disorder. Approximately one-third of patients are resistant to currently available therapies. A team of researchers has discovered a new cause to explain the ... read more

Gene Linked With Early Epilepsy Discovered

Mar. 11, 2015 — Certain types of early-onset epilepsy are caused by previously unknown mutations of a potassium channel gene, KCNA2. The mutations disrupt the electrical balance in the brain in two ways. In some ... read more

Direct Brain Neurostimulation for Partial Onset Seizures Provides Long-Term Benefit

Feb. 24, 2015 — A study of the long-term effectiveness of the first direct brain responsive neurostimulator for partial onset, or focal, seizures that cannot be controlled with medication demonstrates that ... read more

Novel Compound Switches Off Epilepsy Development

Jan. 28, 2015 — A novel compound helps curtail the onset and progression of temporal lobe epilepsy, researchers have discovered. The finding may contribute to the development of anti-epileptic therapies, they ... read more

Beneficial Effects of Surgery for Epilepsy Are Sustained for More Than 15 Years

Jan. 27, 2015 — Brain surgery for otherwise hard-to-treat epilepsy is effective for up to 15 years, according to a new survey. The findings were based on a telephone survey of patients who had a portion of their ... read more

Jan. 27, 2015 — A drug used widely to combat epilepsy has the potential to reduce the growth and spread of breast cancer, scientists have discovered. The team found that "repurposing" antiepileptic drugs, ... read more

New 'Systems Genetics' Study Identifies Possible Target for Epilepsy Treatment

Jan. 23, 2015 — A single gene that coordinates a network of about 400 genes involved in epilepsy could be a target for new treatments, according to research. Epilepsy is a common and serious disease that affects ... read more

Sleeping on Stomach May Increase Risk of Sudden Death in Epilepsy

Jan. 21, 2015 — Stomach sleepers with epilepsy may be at higher risk of sudden unexpected death, researchers report, drawing parallels to sudden infant death syndrome in babies. Epilepsy is a brain disorder that ... read more

Imaging Scan Records Brain Activity During Epileptic a

Dec. 17, 2014 — An imaging scan called SPECT records brain activity during epileptic seizures. The scan pinpoints where seizures originate, and helps in the planning of surgery to remove the part of the brain ... read more

Dec. 16, 2014 — Using an innovative technique combining genetic analysis and mathematical modeling with some basic sleuthing, researchers have identified previously undescribed microlesions in brain tissue from ... read more

Revolutionary New Procedure for Epilepsy Diagnosis Unlocked by Research

Dec. 10, 2014 — Pioneering new research could revolutionize global diagnostic procedures for one of the most common forms of epilepsy, scientists say. The ground-breaking research has revealed differences in the way ... read more

Dec. 9, 2014 — Researchers found out that the conformational defect in a specific protein causes autosomal dominant lateral temporal lobe epilepsy which is a form of familial epilepsy. They showed that treatment ... read more

Behavioral and Intellectual Disabilities in Pediatric Epilepsy

Dec. 8, 2014 — New research explores the complex emotional, behavioral and intellectual disabilities associated with childhood epilepsy and their effect on ... read more

Adults and Epilepsy Diets: A Novel Therapy

Dec. 8, 2014 — A pair of studies will offer insights into the therapeutic effects of specialized diets in adults with ... read more

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