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Epilepsy is a group of disorders marked by problems in the normal functioning of the brain. These problems can produce seizures, unusual body movements, a loss of consciousness or changes in consciousness, as well as mental problems or problems with the senses.
Experimental drug may prevent development of multiple sclerosis in mice

Experimental drug may prevent development of multiple sclerosis in mice

The experimental drug laquinimod may prevent the development or reduce the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS) in mice, according to research published in the September 21, 2016, online issue of Neurology Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation, a medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. [More]
Memory and language deeply linked via the hippocampus, new experiment shows

Memory and language deeply linked via the hippocampus, new experiment shows

A new study shows that when you finish your spouse's sentences or answer a fill-in-the-blank question, you're engaging the brain's relay station for memories, the hippocampus. [More]
Researchers propose new explanation for symptoms of fragile X syndrome

Researchers propose new explanation for symptoms of fragile X syndrome

Until recently, scientists thought they understood one of the underlying causes of fragile X syndrome, the most common inherited cause of intellectual disability in the United States. [More]
CHOP researchers exploit gene discovery in severe epilepsy to identify precision treatment

CHOP researchers exploit gene discovery in severe epilepsy to identify precision treatment

An international team of researchers who discovered a new gene disorder that causes severe childhood epilepsy leveraged that finding to reduce seizures in two children. [More]
Study shows continuous electrical stimulation suppresses seizures in patients with epilepsy

Study shows continuous electrical stimulation suppresses seizures in patients with epilepsy

When surgery and medication don't help people with epilepsy, electrical stimulation of the brain has been a treatment of last resort. [More]
Epilepsy patients more likely to experience increased risk of discrimination than general population

Epilepsy patients more likely to experience increased risk of discrimination than general population

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. This risk was greater than other chronic health problems such as diabetes, asthma and migraines. [More]
Epilepsy Foundation launches new campaign to raise awareness of SUDEP among people with epilepsy

Epilepsy Foundation launches new campaign to raise awareness of SUDEP among people with epilepsy

In response to the urgent need to raise awareness of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) among people with epilepsy and their caregivers, the Epilepsy Foundation’s SUDEP Institute today issued a special expert consensus report, #AimForZero: Striving Toward a Future Free from Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy. [More]
Women, minorities less likely to receive stroke treatment, study finds

Women, minorities less likely to receive stroke treatment, study finds

Women and minorities may be less likely to receive treatment for stroke, according to a study published in the September 14, 2016, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. [More]
Researchers discover network of neural regions involved in spread of seizures

Researchers discover network of neural regions involved in spread of seizures

A flurry of coordinated activity in a brain-spanning network of neurons may sound like the formation of a brilliant new idea, but it is actually the description of a seizure. Understanding why and how this synchronization spreads would be a critical tool in treating severe epilepsy. [More]
New study pinpoints individual neurons in the brain that support observational learning

New study pinpoints individual neurons in the brain that support observational learning

Picture a little boy imitating his father shaving in the mirror or a little girl wobbling proudly in her mother's high heels. [More]
Research could pave way for more effective and safer anti-epilepsy drugs

Research could pave way for more effective and safer anti-epilepsy drugs

Columbia University Medical Center researchers have discovered how a new epilepsy drug works, which may lead the way to even more effective and safer medications. [More]
Different types of stroke have diverse risk profiles in overweight or obese women

Different types of stroke have diverse risk profiles in overweight or obese women

According to new research, women who are overweight or obese may have an increased risk of the most common kind of stroke, called ischemic stroke, but a decreased risk of a more often deadly stroke, called hemorrhagic stroke. [More]

Surgery can be cost-effective and beneficial for epilepsy patients, study finds

Research has shown that surgery can provide important benefits for patients with epilepsy. Now a new study finds that it is also cost-effective. [More]
Dataiku and Bioserenity team up to develop wearable device for improving epilepsy diagnosis

Dataiku and Bioserenity team up to develop wearable device for improving epilepsy diagnosis

Dataiku and Bioserenity, two European based companies, have partnered to create a wearable device which is aimed to improve the diagnosis of epilepsy. [More]
Taking two new epilepsy drugs during pregnancy may not harm thinking skills and IQs of children

Taking two new epilepsy drugs during pregnancy may not harm thinking skills and IQs of children

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. [More]
New non-invasive method could lead to better treatment and diagnosis of migraines

New non-invasive method could lead to better treatment and diagnosis of migraines

New UBC research has found that amplified electroencephalograms (EEGs) can produce diagnostic results of a brainwave associated with migraines and epilepsy that are comparable to the current, more invasive, standard--a discovery that could lead to better treatment and diagnosis of these conditions. [More]
Novel inhibitory brain receptor reduces seizure-like activity in pubertal mice

Novel inhibitory brain receptor reduces seizure-like activity in pubertal mice

More than half of children with epilepsy outgrow their seizures, yet the mechanism underlying this remission is unknown. [More]
High-tech alternative to brain surgery safe, effective for treatment of essential tremor

High-tech alternative to brain surgery safe, effective for treatment of essential tremor

A study published today in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine offers the most in-depth assessment yet of the safety and effectiveness of a high-tech alternative to brain surgery to treat the uncontrollable shaking caused by the most common movement disorder. [More]
People with high levels of four biomarkers may have increased risk for stroke

People with high levels of four biomarkers may have increased risk for stroke

People with high levels of four biomarkers in the blood may be more likely to develop a stroke than people with low levels of the biomarkers, according to a study published in the August 24, 2016, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. [More]
Advances in brain research since patient HM: an interview with Dr Jacopo Annese

Advances in brain research since patient HM: an interview with Dr Jacopo Annese

Jacopo Annese, President and CEO of the Institute for Brain and Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to democratizing neuroscience and making neuroscience tools and knowledge about the brain more available to the public, discusses his work on the Human Brain Library. [More]
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