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Epilepsy Research News
February 27, 2017

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February 27, 2017

MRI-Guided Laser Surgery Proving Effective for Some Epilepsy Patients

Feb. 21, 2017 — The MRI-guided laser ablation method is far less invasive and time-consuming than conventional surgery and has produced good results for people with medial temporal lobe epilepsy, report ... read more

Research Locates Absence Epilepsy Seizure 'Choke Point' in Brain

Dec. 15, 2016 — Researchers used a rodent model to discover that shifting the firing pattern of a particular set of brain cells is all it takes to initiate, or to terminate, an absence ... read more

New Findings About Stem Cells in the Brain of Patients With Epilepsy

Dec. 15, 2016 — Neural stem cells have been found in epileptic brain tissue—outside the regions of the brain where they normally reside. In a group of patients who underwent surgery for epilepsy, over half had ... read more

New Epilepsy Gene Network Identified by Scientists

Dec. 13, 2016 — Scientists have discovered a gene network in the brain associated with epilepsy. The team believes the discovery may lead to more treatments for the ... read more

Tablet-Based Tool Helps Epilepsy Patients Learn Self-Management Skills

Dec. 2, 2016 — Epilepsy patients who want to learn how to manage their own unique symptoms can now get individualized information via tablet computer through a new research ... read more

Link Found Between Epilepsy Drugs and Birth Defects

Nov. 29, 2016 — For most women who have epilepsy, continuing their medication during pregnancy is important for their health. Over the last 25 years, research has shown that children exposed to these medications in ... read more

Connection Found Between Memory Mechanisms, Resistance to Epilepsy

Nov. 25, 2016 — A genetic change in the protein eEF2K creates resistance to epileptic attacks, thereby creating the possibility of a new treatment for the disease, show the surprising results of a new ... read more

Epilepsy: Why Do Seizures Sometimes Continue After Surgery?

Nov. 17, 2016 — The potential reasons why many patients with severe epilepsy still continue to experience seizures even after surgery have been outlined in a new report. Epilepsy continues to be a serious health ... read more

Study Links Mothers With Rheumatoid Arthritis and Kids With Epilepsy

Nov. 16, 2016 — A new study shows a link between mothers with rheumatoid arthritis and children with epilepsy. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes the body’s own immune system to attack ... read more

Huperzine A Provides Seizure Protection in Genetic Epilepsy Models

Nov. 10, 2016 — The compound huperzine A can increase resistance to induced seizures in mouse models of genetic epilepsy, scientists have found. In particular, huperzine A shows potential for protecting against ... read more

How Brain Surgery Eliminates Seizures in Epilepsy Patients

Nov. 8, 2016 — Surgery is an option for patients who do not respond to medications and have epileptic scar tissue that can be removed safely. In 60 to 70 percent of surgery patients, seizures are completely ... read more

Poor Children With Epilepsy May Face Social Hurdles

Nov. 7, 2016 — In a population-based Canadian study of children with epilepsy, each of whom had access to universal health care, those from poor families had the same medical course and remission rate as their ... read more

Sep. 26, 2016 — Current methods to control epilepsy are not only inefficient, but haven’t improved in more than 150 years when the first anticonvulsant drug was developed. Researchers have opened up the ... read more

Scientists Track Down Possible New Treatment for Epilepsy

Sep. 26, 2016 — Increasing the concentration of specific fats in the brain could suppress epileptic seizures, ground-breaking new research shows. On the basis of this discovery, scientists were able to completely ... read more

Gene Discovery in Severe Epilepsy May Offer Clues to Unique Personalized Therapies

Sep. 20, 2016 — An international team of researchers who discovered a new gene disorder that causes severe childhood epilepsy leveraged that finding to reduce seizures in two children. The collaborators’ case ... read more

Continuous Electrical Brain Stimulation Helps Patients With Epilepsy

Sep. 19, 2016 — When surgery and medication don’t help people with epilepsy, electrical stimulation of the brain has been a treatment of last resort. Unfortunately, typical approaches, such as vagal nerve ... read more

People With Epilepsy Face Increased Risks of Discrimination and Other Negative Life Events

Sep. 19, 2016 — In a recent analysis, people with epilepsy were seven-fold more likely to have reported experiencing discrimination due to health problems than the general population. This risk was greater than ... read more

Brain Network That Controls Spread of Seizures Identified

Sep. 13, 2016 — Researchers have identified a new explanation for why some seizures spread across the brain. Using a computer model based on direct brain recordings from epilepsy patients, they are the first to show ... read more

Sep. 8, 2016 — Researchers have discovered how a new epilepsy drug works, which may lead the way to even more effective and safer medications. Currently, the most commonly used anti-epilepsy drugs are ineffective ... read more

Drug Reduces Seizure Frequency in Children With Tuberous Sclerosis Complex

Sep. 6, 2016 — The drug everolimus has been shown to significantly reduce the frequency of seizures in patients with treatment-resistant epilepsy and tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) -- a genetic disease that ... read more

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