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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.
GW clinical trial aims to identify novel modalities to reduce seizures in MTLE patients

GW clinical trial aims to identify novel modalities to reduce seizures in MTLE patients

A first-of-its-kind clinical trial at the George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates employs low-frequency deep brain stimulation to potentially help reduce epileptic seizures in patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE) - the most common type of focal epilepsy that often necessitates surgical resection of the temporal lobe, risking memory function. [More]
Veterans with traumatic brain injury more likely to develop dementia in later life

Veterans with traumatic brain injury more likely to develop dementia in later life

Older veterans who have experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are 60 percent more likely to later develop dementia than veterans without TBI, according to a study published in the June 25, 2014, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. [More]
New discovery reveals relationship between certain proteins and juvenile myoclonic epilepsy

New discovery reveals relationship between certain proteins and juvenile myoclonic epilepsy

New structures discovered within cilia show a relationship between certain proteins and juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. The discovery, made at the University of Minnesota, was named paper of the week in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, and sheds new light on the microstructure of cilia. [More]
N.Y. lawmakers reach medical marijuana deal

N.Y. lawmakers reach medical marijuana deal

The agreement would allow doctors to prescribe it for a half-dozen medical conditions, but some lawmakers say the deal was more limited than they had hoped. [More]
First Edition: June 20, 2014

First Edition: June 20, 2014

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including reports about a new poll of showing a majority of those signing up for marketplace plans had been uninsured before and the Obama administration's decision to extend marriage benefits, including family leave, to same-sex couples. [More]
Neurosurgeons implant new type of electrical stimulator to control seizures

Neurosurgeons implant new type of electrical stimulator to control seizures

On June 18, neurosurgeons at the University of Alabama at Birmingham implanted a new type of electrical stimulator to control seizures in patients with difficult-to-control epilepsy. [More]
People with muscle diseases may benefit more from group doctor visits

People with muscle diseases may benefit more from group doctor visits

A new study suggests that people with muscle diseases such as muscular dystrophies may benefit more from group doctor visits than individual appointments. The study is published in the June 18, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. [More]
Scientists advise caution with regard to artificial insemination method

Scientists advise caution with regard to artificial insemination method

Mitochondria are cell organelles located within animal and human cells. They produce energy for the organism, possess their own genetic material - mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) - and are transmitted exclusively by the mother. Depending on their activity and tasks, different numbers of mitochondria are present in a cell - usually a few hundred to a thousand per body cell. [More]
State highlights: State retiree benefit shortfalls; health data claims and cost

State highlights: State retiree benefit shortfalls; health data claims and cost

A selection of health policy stories from California, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, Virginia, Iowa, Florida, Missouri, Washington state, Connecticut, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Tennessee. [More]
International researchers discover genetic component of Idiopathic Generalized Epilepsy

International researchers discover genetic component of Idiopathic Generalized Epilepsy

An international team of researchers has discovered a significant genetic component of Idiopathic Generalized Epilepsy (IGE), the most common form of epilepsy. [More]

UK’s pace of decline in mortality among children and young adults falls behind EU15+ average

The UK has failed to match the gains made in reducing deaths among children and young adults by 17 other high-income countries in the European Union, Australia, Canada, and Norway (EU15+) in the 38 years since 1970. [More]
2 medications equally effective in treating major epileptic brain seizures in children

2 medications equally effective in treating major epileptic brain seizures in children

A recently published clinical study in the Journal of the American Medical Association has answered an urgent question that long puzzled ER pediatricians: Is the drug lorazepam really safer and more effective than diazepam - the U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved medication as first line therapy most often used by emergency room doctors to control major epileptic seizures in children? [More]
New study show direct link between depression and medication nonadherence

New study show direct link between depression and medication nonadherence

A new study led by Alan B. Ettinger, M.D., M.B.A., Director of the Epilepsy Center at Neurological Surgery, P.C., has found that many patients who fail to take their antiseizure medications are suffering from depression. [More]
High-protein diets lower stroke risk

High-protein diets lower stroke risk

People with diets higher in protein, especially from fish, may be less likely to have a stroke than those with diets lower in protein, according to a meta-analysis published in the June 11, 2014, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. [More]
Aston University plans for new Medical School to train new generation of doctors

Aston University plans for new Medical School to train new generation of doctors

Aston University (UK) has announced plans for a new Medical School which will train a new generation of doctors in Birmingham and the West Midlands. [More]
Extensive range of iPSC derived neural cells available from AMSBIO

Extensive range of iPSC derived neural cells available from AMSBIO

AMSBIO offers an extensive range of iPSC derived neural cells including normal and Alzheimer's disease neural progenitor cells, and cerebral cortical neurons. [More]
Scientists develop new molecule for monitoring drug concentration

Scientists develop new molecule for monitoring drug concentration

Monitoring the drug concentration in patients is critical for effective treatment, especially in cases of cancer, heart disease, epilepsy and immunosuppression after organ transplants. [More]
Discovery may lead to relief for victims of range of neurological disorders

Discovery may lead to relief for victims of range of neurological disorders

University of Toronto biologists leading an investigation into the cells that regulate proper brain function, have identified and located the key players whose actions contribute to afflictions such as epilepsy and schizophrenia. [More]
SAGE reports preliminary data from SAGE-547 Phase 1/2 clinical trial for super-refractory status epilepticus

SAGE reports preliminary data from SAGE-547 Phase 1/2 clinical trial for super-refractory status epilepticus

SAGE Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company developing novel medicines to treat life-threatening, rare central nervous system (CNS) disorders, today announced preliminary data from its ongoing open-label Phase 1/2 clinical trial of SAGE-547, an allosteric modulator of GABAA receptors, in patients with super-refractory status epilepticus (SRSE). [More]
Researchers examine how high blood pressure in middle age affects memory and thinking in old age

Researchers examine how high blood pressure in middle age affects memory and thinking in old age

New research suggests that high blood pressure in middle age plays a critical role in whether blood pressure in old age may affect memory and thinking. [More]