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Epilepsy is relatively common - it is a group of disorders that involve recurrent seizures. Epilepsy can start at any age, but it mostly begins during childhood. Treatment involves using epilepsy drugs to control seizures. In rare cases, surgery may be us



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To the brain, sleep deprivation is 'like drinking too much'

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:00:00 PST

Sleep deprivation makes our brain cells 'sluggish,' so memory and perception are impaired, a study shows. Like overdrinking, this can have risky effects.



Dietary supplement may help to prevent seizures

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:00:00 PST

Researchers suggest that glucosamine, a dietary supplement, may help to reduce brain cell excitability, bringing us closer to a new therapy for epilepsy.



Severe epilepsy and circadian rhythm protein linked

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 00:00:00 PST

New research shows that a protein involved in circadian rhythms, called CLOCK, plays a role in severe cases of epilepsy that do not respond to treatment.



Marijuana and 'spice' could trigger seizures, study says

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 02:00:00 PST

High-potency natural and synthetic cannabinoids were found to trigger seizures in mice, say researchers, with the latter posing the strongest effects.



The 10 best epilepsy apps

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:00:00 PST

Epilepsy apps can help you to manage the condition through logging seizures and symptoms and analyzing triggers and trends. We have selected the best apps.



What should you do if a friend has a seizure?

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 08:00:00 PST

Seizures are more common events than we may think. But do we know how to recognize them, and what to do if we witness one? Read on for some first aid tips.



Pioneering research reveals how altered brain networks can lead to seizures

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PST

An international team of scientists, led by mathematicians from the University of Exeter's Living Systems Institute, have developed a ground-breaking new method that can identify regions of brain...



Fish oil may prevent seizures by boosting brain estrogen levels

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 01:00:00 PST

Researchers reveal that supplementation with the fish oil compound DHA prevented seizures in mice by raising levels of the hormone estrogen in the brain.



New method identifies brain regions most likely to cause epilepsy seizures

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:00:00 PST

Mathematical approach could pinpoint which brain tissue should be removed during surgical treatment.



Compound derived from marijuana interacts with antiepileptic drugs

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PST

New research published in Epilepsia, a journal of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), suggests that an investigational neurological treatment derived from cannabis may alter the blood...



Genetic testing helps detect cause of early life epilepsy

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PST

A study published in JAMA Pediatrics supports the use of genetic testing, especially with sequencing, as first-line diagnostic method for young children with seizures.



What is the vagus nerve?

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:00:00 PST

In this article, learn about the vagus nerve and what it affects in the body. What is vagus nerve stimulation and what further research is being conducted?



Could an epilepsy drug help to slow Alzheimer's?

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:00:00 PST

A drug used to reduce seizures has been found to normalize brain wave frequencies in patients with Alzheimer's. Could this drug help to slow the disease?



Epilepsy and natural treatments: Can they help?

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:00:00 PST

What are the causes of epilepsy and can natural treatments help? Learn about eight natural remedies for epilepsy and what studies and research suggests.



Newly discovered micro-gene may protect against epilepsy

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 09:00:00 PST

Researchers have found a certain microRNA that protects the brain of genetically modified mice from developing epileptic seizures.



Epilepsy drug therapies to be improved by new targeted approach

Wed, 17 May 2017 00:00:00 PST

New research from the University of Liverpool, in collaboration with the Mario Negri Institute in Milan, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, has identified a protein that could help...



Why do some images cause seizures while others do not?

Tue, 09 May 2017 00:00:00 PST

New research examines why some static images - that is, without any motion or flicker - can trigger seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy.



Brain model explores the cause of different epileptic seizure onset patterns

Fri, 05 May 2017 00:00:00 PST

At the onset of an epileptic seizure, differing characteristics of brain tissue surrounding the seizure's origin site may determine which of two main patterns of brain activity will be seen...



Pinpointing where seizures are coming from, by looking between the seizures

Thu, 04 May 2017 00:00:00 PST

A computational approach developed at Boston Children's Hospital, described in the journal Neurosurgery, could enable more patients with epilepsy to benefit from surgery when medications do not help.



Antidepressant may enhance drug delivery to the brain

Tue, 02 May 2017 00:00:00 PST

New research from the National Institutes of Health found that pairing the antidepressant amitriptyline with drugs designed to treat central nervous system diseases, enhances drug delivery to the...



Cannabis compound may halve seizures for patients with severe epilepsy

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PST

Cannabidiol - an active component of cannabis - more than halved the frequency of atonic seizures for patients with severe epilepsy, a new study reveals.



Study finds genetic basis for drug response in childhood absence epilepsy

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PST

Consider two children who have childhood absence epilepsy (CAE), the most common form of pediatric epilepsy.



Is early pregnancy BMI associated with increased risk of childhood epilepsy?

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PST

Increased risk for childhood epilepsy was associated with maternal overweight or obesity in early pregnancy in a study of babies born in Sweden, according to a study published online by JAMA...



Yeast extract may boost brain function

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 09:00:00 PST

Researchers suggest that a popular British brand of yeast extract, Marmite, may boost brain function by increasing levels of the neurotransmitter GABA.



Neurological diseases cost the U.S. nearly $800 billion per year

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 06:00:00 PST

A new paper published in the Annals of Neurology reports the most common neurological diseases pose a serious annual financial burden for the nation.