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April 30, 2016

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April 30, 2016

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

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

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

No Change in Epilepsy Incidence in Younger Patients; Increase Among Elderly

Feb. 15, 2016 — There appears to have been no change in the incidence of epilepsy in patients younger than 65 over the past 40 years in Finland but an increased incidence among older patients, which a new study ... read more

New Study Confirms Different Generics Have Equal Efficacy When Treating Epilepsy

Feb. 12, 2016 — A new study tested two generic lamotrigine (prescription antiepileptic) products and found no detectable difference in clinical effects among patients in the ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Status epilepticus -- continuous or rapid sequential seizure activity for 30 minutes or more -- is a medical emergency with a high mortality rate in both children and adults. Prompt and effective ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Researchers study the link between malformations of the cerebral cortex and the occurrence of the neurological disease. Why does a structural irregularity in the temporal lobe make humans more ... read more

Using Medical Marijuana to Stop Seizures in Kids

Feb. 8, 2016 — Desperate for relief, parents are taking unusual steps to help children plagued with seizures. The relief, however, comes in a most unlikely form: ... read more

Cannabis-Based Drug Reduces Seizures in Children With Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy

Jan. 5, 2016 — Children and young adults with severe forms of epilepsy that does not respond to standard antiepileptic drugs have fewer seizures when treated with purified cannabinoid, according to a multi-center ... read more

Marijuana Derivative Reduces Seizures in People With Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy

Dec. 23, 2015 — Cannabidiol (CBD), a medical marijuana derivative, was effective in reducing seizure frequency and well-tolerated and safe for most children and young adults enrolled in a year-long study, ... read more

Using Network Science to Help Pinpoint Source of Seizures

Dec. 17, 2015 — The ability to reliably pinpoint the anatomical source of epileptic seizures, different for each patient, remains elusive. New research looks at networks of electrical activity in the brain just ... read more

Dec. 17, 2015 — Halting production of new neurons in the brain following traumatic brain injury can help reduce resulting epileptic seizures, cognitive decline, and impaired memory, researchers ... read more

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

Computer Model Could Hold Key to Personalized Epilepsy Treatment

Dec. 10, 2015 — A computer model that identifies the parts of a person's brain responsible for epileptic seizures could be used to design personalized surgical procedures, researchers ... read more

New Details on Link Between Epilepsy and Suicide Attempt

Dec. 9, 2015 — New details into the link between epilepsy and suicidal behavior have been released. The research finds that suicide attempts -- whether a first attempt or a recurrent attempt -- are associated with ... read more

New Findings Reveal the Interplay Between Epilepsy and Aging

Dec. 7, 2015 — The largest and fastest-growing segment of people with epilepsy are those age 60 and older. People with epilepsy face a number of related health challenges, including cognitive, physical and ... read more

Pharmaceutical CBD (Cannabidiol) Shows Promise for Children With Severe Epilepsy

Dec. 7, 2015 — Around the globe there is high interest in the use of cannabidiol, for the treatment of people with epilepsy, especially children who have treatment-resistant forms of the disorder. Three studies ... read more

New Personal Monitoring Devices for Epilepsy May Offer Alternatives to Inpatient Video EEG

Dec. 7, 2015 — Uncontrolled epilepsy often requires a series of trials and errors to identify effective drug combinations. Continuous, long-term EEG data could streamline this process by revealing the full picture ... read more

Unraveling the Genetic Basis of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy

Dec. 7, 2015 — The leading cause of epilepsy-related death is a poorly understood phenomenon known as sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). The risk factors and causes of SUDEP remain unclear but researchers ... read more

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