Epilepsy Research News
June 25, 2019

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Specific Set of Nerve Cells Controls Epileptic Seizures' Spread Through Brain

Experimental activation of a small set of nerve cells in the brain prevents convulsive seizures in a mouse model of temporal lobe epilepsy, the most ... read more

Tickling the Brain With Electrical Stimulation Improves Memory

Tickling the brain with low-intensity electrical stimulation in a specific area can improve verbal short-term ... read more

Depression in Young People Affects the Stomach, Anxiety the Skin

Mental disorders and physical diseases frequently go hand in hand. For the first time, psychologists have identified temporal patterns in young people: arthritis and diseases of the digestive system ... read more

Scientists Track Unexpected Mechanisms of Memory

Our brains hold on to memories via physical changes in synapses, the tiny connections between neurons. Unexpected molecular mechanisms by which these changes take place have now been revealed by new ... read more
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Epilepsy and Sudden Death Linked to Bad Gene

In sudden death in epilepsy, people stop breathing for no apparent reason and die. Now, a group of UConn neuroscientists have a lead as to why. Many neurologists argue that a bad seizure can travel ... read more

Patients With Both Schizophrenia and Epilepsy Die Alarmingly Early

More than one in four patients with schizophrenia and epilepsy die before reaching the age of ... read more

Brain Network Activity Can Improve in Epilepsy Patients After Surgery

Successful epilepsy surgery can improve brain connectivity similar to patterns seen in people without ... read more

Neuroscientists present a new, detailed accounting of how a mutation in a fly model of epilepsy undermines the ability of glial cells to regulate the balance of ions that neurons need to avoid ... read more

Paving the Way for Innovative Treatment of Epilepsy

Researchers have discovered that a drug commonly used to treat multiple sclerosis may, after necessary modifications, one day be used to treat patients with ... read more

First Model of Mitochondrial Epilepsy

Researchers have become the first to describe a model of mitochondrial epilepsy which raises hope for better therapies for patients with this incapacitating condition.Despite the severity of this ... read more

Concussions Linked to Epilepsy Development

Experiments show a strong relationship between changes in astrocytes after mild traumatic brain injury and the eventual occurrence of a ... read more

Stem Cell-Derived Neurons Stop Seizures and Improve Cognitive Function

About 3.4 million Americans, or 1.2 percent of the population, have active epilepsy. Although the majority respond to medication, between 20 and 40 percent of patients with epilepsy continue to have ... read more

Genetic Study of Epilepsy Points to Potential New Therapies

The largest study of its kind, led by international researchers has discovered 11 new genes associated with epilepsy. It greatly advances knowledge of the underlying biological causes of epilepsy and ... read more

Cannabis-Based Compound May Reduce Seizures in Children With Epilepsy

A recent analysis of published studies indicates that the use of cannabinoids for the treatment of epilepsy in children looks ... read more

Epileptics in High-Crime Neighborhoods Have Three Times as Many Seizures

People with epilepsy living in high crime neighborhoods in Chicago had three times as many seizures as those living in neighborhoods with lower crime rates according to new ... read more

Wishes Help Keep Pediatric Patients out of the Hospital

In the retrospective study patients granted a wish were 2.5 times more likely to have fewer unplanned hospital admissions and 1.9 times more likely not to have to use the emergency department. This ... read more

Scientists Solve Century-Old Neuroscience Mystery; Answers May Lead to Epilepsy Treatment

Scientists have solved a 125-year-old mystery of the brain, and, in the process, uncovered a potential treatment for acquired epilepsy. Perineuronal nets modulate electrical impulses in the brain, ... read more

Compound Derived from Marijuana May Benefit Children With Epilepsy

In recent years, cannabinoids -- the active chemicals in medical marijuana -- have been increasingly touted as a potential treatment for a range of neurological and psychiatric disorders. ... read more

New Epilepsy Warning Device Could Save Thousands of Lives

A new high-tech bracelet, developed by scientists from the Netherlands detects 85 percent of all severe night-time epilepsy seizures. That is a much better score than any other technology currently ... read more

Seizures Begin With a Muffle

Contrary to long-held assumptions, researchers find that some seizures start after a burst from neurons that inhibit brain ... read more

Risk of Dying During Pregnancy Is Five Times Higher for Women With Epilepsy

The risk of dying during pregnancy is negligible for the average Danish woman, but if the woman in question has epilepsy, the probability must be multiplied by five, according to a comprehensive ... read more

New Screening Tool Can Improve the Quality of Life for Epilepsy Patients With Sleep Apnea

Researchers have developed a tool to help neurologists screen for obstructive sleep apnea in people with epilepsy whose seizures can be magnified by sleep ... read more

Understanding Epilepsy in Pediatric Tumors

Researchers have identified a neuronal BRAF somatic mutation that causes intrinsic epileptogenicity in pediatric brain ... read more

Electronic Device Implanted in the Brain Could Stop Seizures

Researchers have successfully demonstrated how an electronic device implanted directly into the brain can detect, stop and even prevent epileptic ... read more

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