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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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Cannabis compound may halve seizures for patients with severe epilepsy

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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

Electrical brain stimulation found to improve working memory

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists use transcranial alternating current stimulation to improve working memory. The findings may one day help patients to recover from brain injury.

Updated epilepsy classification may lead to advances in diagnosis, treatment, and research

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT

It has been nearly three decades since experts published a classification system related to epilepsy.

New mech­an­ism un­der­ly­ing epi­lepsy found

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Prolonged epileptic seizures may cause serious problems that will continue for the rest of a patient's life.

Modified Atkins diet helps children with rare form of epilepsy

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Doose syndrome or myoclonic-astatic epilepsy is a rare syndrome accounting for one to two percent of childhood epilepsies.

Significant epilepsy gene discovery in dogs

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researh groups from the University of Helsinki, the LMU Munich and the University of Guelph have described in collaboration a novel myoclonic epilepsy in dogs and identified its genetic cause.

International study suggests Nodding syndrome caused by response to parasitic protein

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have uncovered new clues to the link between Nodding syndrome, a devastating form of pediatric epilepsy found in specific areas of east Africa, and...

Epilepsy drug discovered in fish model shows promise in small pediatric clinical trial

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

"Bench-to-bedside" describes research that has progressed from basic science in animal models that has led to therapies used in patients.

Many older adults with epilepsy may not be receiving optimal care

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Many older adults with newly diagnosed epilepsy in the United States are being prescribed older anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs), and only half begin treatment with AEDs within the first 30 days of a...

Split brain does not lead to split consciousness

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new research study contradicts the established view that so-called split-brain patients have a split consciousness.

Common epilepsies share genetic overlap with rare types

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

An international study led by Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and NewYork-Presbyterian researchers has found that several genes previously implicated only in rare, severe forms of...

New guideline on how to map brain prior to epilepsy surgery

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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...

Research at Stanford locates absence epilepsy seizure 'choke point' in brain

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PDT

A particular structure in the brain is a "choke point" for a type of epileptic seizure that affects mostly children, Stanford University School of Medicine investigators have found.

New findings about stem cells in the brain of patients with epilepsy

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 02:00:00 PDT

Neural stem cells have been found in epileptic brain tissue - outside the regions of the brain where they normally reside.

Depression in young people affects the stomach, anxiety the skin

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PDT

Mental disorders and physical diseases frequently go hand in hand. For the first time, psychologists at the University of Basel and Ruhr University Bochum have identified temporal patterns in young...

Epilepsy - why do seizures sometimes continue after surgery?

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PDT

New research from the University of Liverpool, published in the journal Brain, has highlighted the potential reasons why many patients with severe epilepsy still continue to experience seizures...

Maternal rheumatoid arthritis linked to childhood epilepsy

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PDT

New research examines the link between mothers and fathers with rheumatoid arthritis and the risk of their children developing epilepsy.

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.