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Feb. 27, 2017 — Prolonged epileptic seizures may cause serious problems that will continue for the rest of a patient’s life. As a result of a seizure, neural connections of the brain may be rewired in an incorrect ... read more

Ketogenic Diet Shown Safe, Effective Option for Some With Rare and Severest Form of Epilepsy

Feb. 27, 2017 — In a small phase I and II clinical trial, researchers and colleagues elsewhere found that the high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet was a safe and effective treatment option for the majority of ... read more

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

Anti-Epilepsy Medicine Taken by Pregnant Women Does Not Harm the Child's Overall Health

Feb. 21, 2017 — Previous studies have shown that anti-epilepsy medicine may lead to congenital malformations in the fetus and that the use of anti-epilepsy medicine during pregnancy affects the development of the ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — Research groups have described in collaboration a novel myoclonic epilepsy in dogs and identified its genetic cause. The study reveals a novel candidate gene for human myoclonic epilepsies, one of ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — New clues to the link between Nodding syndrome, a devastating form of pediatric epilepsy found in specific areas of east Africa, and a parasitic worm that can cause river blindness have now been ... read more

Feb. 10, 2017 — 'Bench-to-bedside' describes research that has progressed from basic science in animal models that has led to therapies used in patients. Now, a study describes what could be considered a ... read more

Long-Term Gains With Early Epilepsy Surgery

Jan. 23, 2017 — There are important, long-term gains from hastening the processes around surgical interventions against epilepsy -- before the disease has had too much negative impact on brain functions and ... read more

New Guideline on How to Map Brain Prior to Epilepsy Surgery

Jan. 11, 2017 — Before epilepsy surgery, doctors may consider using brain imaging to locate language and memory functions in the brain instead of the more invasive procedure that is commonly used, according to a ... read more

Common Epilepsies Share Genetic Overlap With Rare Types

Jan. 10, 2017 — Several genes implicated in rare forms of pediatric epilepsy also contribute to common forms of the disorder, new research has ... read more

Why Exposure to Rhythmic Stimulation at Certain Frequencies Facilitate Epileptic Seizures

Dec. 19, 2016 — New research proposes an explanation for the occurrence of epileptic seizures as a result of the exposure to certain ... 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

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