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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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Hippocampus: What is its Function?

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The hippocampus is a part of the brain that plays a huge role in memory and how knowledge is obtained. Learn more about its health and functions here.

Should video monitors be used to detect night-time seizures in patients with epilepsy?

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Following a sudden death at a residential care unit, the Dutch Health and Care Inspectorate advised to intensify the use of video monitoring at the unit.

The 'worm' holds the key to treating epilepsy: New possibilities for rapid drug discovery

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:00:00 PDT

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.

Scientists track down possible new treatment for epilepsy

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Increasing the concentration of specific fats in the brain could suppress epileptic seizures.

People with epilepsy face increased risks of discrimination and other negative life events

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

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.

Epilepsy drugs work by 'wedging themselves' into receptors

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Examining the nature of epilepsy drug interactions promises to help improve treatment. There are still many molecular mysteries to be solved.

Epilepsy surgery found safe and cost-effective

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Research has shown that surgery can provide important benefits for patients with epilepsy. Now a new study finds that it is also cost-effective.

Newer epilepsy drugs taken while pregnant not associated with lower IQs in children

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Two epilepsy drugs, levetiracetam and topiramate, may not harm the thinking skills and IQs of school-age children born to women who took them while pregnant, according to a recent study.

Relief for epilepsy at the scale of a single cell

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers at Linköping University have developed in collaboration with French colleagues a small device that both detects the initial signal of an epileptic attack and doses a substance that...

A virtual brain helps decrypt epilepsy

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:00:00 PDT

Researchers at CNRS, INSERM, Aix-Marseille University and AP-HM have just created a virtual brain that can reconstitute the brain of a person affected by epilepsy for the first time.

Novel compounds arrested epilepsy development in mice

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A team led by Nicolas Bazan, MD, PhD, Boyd Professor and Director of LSU Health New Orleans' Neuroscience Center of Excellence, has developed neuroprotective compounds that may prevent the...

US suicide rate for people with Epilepsy exceeds levels in general population

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control studied the prevalence of suicide among people with epilepsy compared to the population...

Suicide rate is 22% higher among people with epilepsy than the general population

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 09:00:00 PDT

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues first report on epilepsy and suicide.

New technique could revolutionize surgical treatment of epilepsy

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Scientists at the University of Exeter have developed a pioneering new technique that could revolutionise the surgical treatment of epilepsy.

Can anti-inflammatory therapies be effective against epilepsy?

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 07:00:00 PDT

In epileptic patients, seizures lead to an increased level of inflammation-related proteins called chemokines in the brain, and systemic inflammation likely helps trigger and promote the recurrence...

Our biological clock governs neuron reactivity

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Researchers from the University of Liège (Belgium), in collaboration with colleagues from Milan (Italy), Surrey (UK) and West Virginia (USA), discovered that controlling neuron reactivity is part...

Does oral cannabidiol convert to THC, a psychoactive form of cannabinoid, in the stomach?

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 07:00:00 PDT

A new study demonstrating the conversion of oral cannabidiol (CBD) to the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the presence of gastric fluids could explain why children given CBD to...

Childhood-onset epilepsy has long-term effects on patients' health and social status

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Children and adolescents with epilepsy experience significant long-term socioeconomic consequences and higher personal health care costs.

Links between autism and epilepsy deepen

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 PDT

New research shows that having a first-degree relative with epilepsy significantly increases the risk of being diagnosed with autism.

How stress increases seizures for patients with epilepsy

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Epilepsy changes the way the brain responds to stress, researchers find, which may explain why stress can increase seizure frequency.

Anti-epileptic drug linked to birth defects when taken with other drugs

Tue, 07 Jun 2016 05:00:00 PDT

In an analysis of pregnancies in Australia from 1999 to 2014 in which women were taking anti-epileptic drugs, fetal malformation rates fell over time in pregnancies where only one drug was taken...

Antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy: Folic acid could help to prevent autism

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 05:00:00 PDT

If pregnant women take antiepileptic drugs, the child can develop autistic traits.

Calcium channels team up to activate excitable cells

Fri, 20 May 2016 01:00:00 PDT

Finding contradicts earlier belief that channels do not work cooperatively.Voltage-gated calcium channels open in unison, rather than independently, to allow calcium ions into and activate...

Breast cancer drug found to reduce seizures

Fri, 13 May 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Findings from animal study could lead to improved seizure treatment in humans.

Algorithms that can predict epileptic seizures

Thu, 12 May 2016 08:00:00 PDT

Computer scientists and mathematicians at the CEU Cardenal Herrera University in Valencia have developed a prediction model that can warn epileptic sufferers of an upcoming seizure with 20 minutes...