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August 31, 2016

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August 31, 2016

New Research Shows No Link to Lower IQs in Children of Mothers Who Have Taken Newer Forms of Epilepsy Drugs While Pregnant, Say Researchers

Aug. 31, 2016 — Two newer epilepsy drugs may not harm the thinking skills or IQs of school-aged children whose mothers took them while pregnant – but an older drug is linked to cognitive problems in children, ... read more

Suicide Rate Is 22% Higher Among People With Epilepsy Than the General Population

July 12, 2016 — The suicide rate among people with epilepsy is 22 percent higher than the general population, according to a new ... read more

Brain Needs to 'Clean Itself Up' So That It Can 'Sort Itself Out'

May 31, 2016 — 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 ... read more

Antiepileptic Drugs During Pregnancy: Folic Acid Could Help to Prevent Autism

May 31, 2016 — 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, ... read more

The Brain Needs Cleaning to Stay Healthy

May 26, 2016 — New research has revealed the mechanisms that keep the brain clean during neurodegenerative ... read more

Crowdsourcing Contest Using Data from People, Dogs Advances Epileptic Seizure Forecasting

May 24, 2016 — It might sound like a riddle: What do you get when you combine one online contest, two patients, five dogs and 654 data ... read more

Drug Used for Pain, Anxiety May Be Linked to Birth Defects

May 18, 2016 — 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 ... read more

Algorithms Can Predict Epileptic Seizures

May 11, 2016 — Computer scientists and mathematicians have developed a prediction model that can warn epileptic sufferers of an upcoming seizure with 20 minutes ... read more

Brain Signals Between Seizures May Explain Memory Problems in Patients With Epilepsy

Apr. 25, 2016 — Brain cells in epileptic patients send signals that make 'empty memories,' perhaps explaining the learning problems faced by up to 40 percent of ... read more

Women With Epilepsy Just as Likely to Get Pregnant as Healthy Women of Childbearing Age

Apr. 16, 2016 — In a prospective study, women with epilepsy had a comparable likelihood of achieving pregnancy, time taken to get pregnant, and pregnancy outcomes such as miscarriage, compared to a group of healthy ... read more

Once-a-Day Epilepsy Drug May Prevent Seizures as Well as Twice-a-Day Drug

Apr. 14, 2016 — A new study suggests that an epilepsy drug that can be taken once a day may control seizures as well as a drug that must be taken twice a day, according to a preliminary ... read more

Epilepsy Drug May Not Increase Risk of Birth Defects, Study Suggests

Apr. 6, 2016 — Babies born to pregnant women taking the epilepsy drug lamotrigine may not be at an increased risk of birth defects, such as cleft lip, cleft palate or clubfoot, according to a ... read more

Apr. 1, 2016 — Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes seizures of many different types. Recent research has found that epileptic seizures can be more easily predicted by using an electrocardiogram to ... read more

Even Seizure-Free, Children With Epilepsy Can Face Social Problems as Adults

Mar. 30, 2016 — Learning difficulties and behavioral problems during childhood can lead to suboptimal social and educational outcomes among young adults with childhood epilepsy even when their seizures are well ... read more

Birth Control Pills May Increase Risk of Seizures

Mar. 30, 2016 — Could certain types of hormonal contraceptives cause an increase in seizures in women with epilepsy? A recent study suggests that ethinyl estradiol, the primary component of oral contraceptives, ... read more

Team Redesigns Epilepsy Drug to Increase Potency, Specificity, Reduce Side Effects

Mar. 30, 2016 — A more effective version of an FDA-approved epilepsy drug has been designed with the potential for fewer side effects, according to a study. The experimental agent could also prove to be a treatment ... read more

Neuron Type-Specific Gene Loss Linked to Angelman Syndrome Seizures

Mar. 24, 2016 — A new study has helped determine that UBE3A gene loss specifically from GABAergic neurons is what's critical for seizures in Angelman patients. But UBE3A loss from other neuron types may drive ... read more

Mar. 9, 2016 — Researchers have found that the parasympathetic nervous system modulates breathing and slows the heart rate of sleeping children with epilepsy substantially more than in healthy children. The finding ... read more

Genes Influence Sleep/wake Timing of Seizures in People With Epilepsy

Mar. 7, 2016 — New research shows that genetics plays a role in sleep/wake timing of seizures. Researchers studied 1,395 individuals with epilepsy in families containing multiple people with epilepsy to determine ... read more

Cannabidiol for Treating Seizures Show Promise

Mar. 3, 2016 — Researchers have presented the first findings of a large study of cannabidiol for treating ... read more

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