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December 1, 2015

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December 1, 2015

New Brain Imaging Technique Identifies Previously Undetected Epileptic Seizure Sites

Nov. 13, 2015 — Researchers have developed a brain imaging technique for patients whose epilepsy does not respond to drug treatment and are not candidates for seizure-relieving surgeries. The imaging technique, ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — Scientists have discovered a new explanation for severe early infant epilepsy. Mutations in the gene encoding the protein KCC2 can cause the disease, hereby confirming an earlier ... read more

Increased Risk of Complications, Death During Delivery for Women With Epilepsy

July 6, 2015 — 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 ... read more

Research Breakthrough to Treat Girls-Only Epilepsy

July 6, 2015 — 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 ... read more

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

Quiet That Ringing in the Brain

June 23, 2015 — 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 ... read more

Scientists Identify Amino Acid That Stops Seizures in Mice

June 19, 2015 — 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 ... read more

Exploring the Links Between Epilepsy Surgery and Academic Outcomes

June 2, 2015 — 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 ... read more

Epilepsy Has Been Found to Reduce the Generation of New Neurons

May 15, 2015 — 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 ... 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

New Guideline Advises When to Treat a First Seizure

Apr. 20, 2015 — A new guideline found that administering an antiepileptic medication immediately after a first seizure reduces the risk of having another seizure within two ... read more

Autism-Epilepsy Connection Explored in Four Studies

Apr. 20, 2015 — 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 ... read more

Electronic Micropump to Deliver Treatments Deep Within the Brain

Apr. 16, 2015 — 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, ... 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

Discovering the Relationship Between Autism and Epilepsy

Apr. 6, 2015 — Researchers are studying the neurobiological link between the autism spectrum disorder and epilepsy, in order to understand the reason why the brain of an autistic child is 20-30 percent more ... 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

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