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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.
Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans with epilepsy have higher mortality risk, study reveals

Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans with epilepsy have higher mortality risk, study reveals

U.S. Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans (IAVs) with epilepsy were more than twice as likely to die between 2011 and 2015 as were similar veterans without epilepsy. A study published Nov. 11 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report revealed that IAVs were found to have a higher prevalence of mental and physical comorbidity and to have substantially higher mortality than were veterans without epilepsy. [More]
Recessive gene mutations could cause debilitating neurological disease in children

Recessive gene mutations could cause debilitating neurological disease in children

Researchers have linked a debilitating neurological disease in children to mutations in a gene that regulates neuronal development through control of protein movement within neuronal cells. [More]
New study finds link between memory mechanisms and resistance to epilepsy

New study finds link between memory mechanisms and resistance to epilepsy

A new study undertaken jointly by researchers from the Sagol Department of Neurobiology at the University of Haifa and European researchers, published in the journal Cerebral Cortex, exposes a new biological mechanism that, on the one hand, damages a very specific type of memory, but at the same time provides resistance to epilepsy. [More]
Study offers important insights into link between mental disorders and physical diseases

Study offers important insights into link between mental disorders and physical diseases

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 people: arthritis and diseases of the digestive system are more common after depression, while anxiety disorders tend to be followed by skin diseases. [More]
New bio-signal measuring electrodes can be mounted on IoT devices for health diagnosis

New bio-signal measuring electrodes can be mounted on IoT devices for health diagnosis

DGIST announced that Professor Kyung-in Jang's research team from the Department of Robotics Engineering succeeded in developing bio-signal measuring electrodes that can be mounted on Internet of Things (IoT) devices through joint research with a research team led by professor John Rogers of the University of Illinois, USA. [More]
ADD Program receives $19.5 million NIH contract to test drugs for treating epilepsy

ADD Program receives $19.5 million NIH contract to test drugs for treating epilepsy

The University of Utah College of Pharmacy's Anticonvulsant Drug Development Program has been awarded a five-year $19.5 million contract renewal with the National Institutes of Health to test drugs to treat epilepsy, and the major focus of the project is to address needs that affect millions of people worldwide -identify novel investigational compounds to prevent the development of epilepsy or to treat refractory, or drug-resistant, epilepsy. [More]
Scientists identify potential drug for pre-treating cells that swell after mild traumatic brain injury

Scientists identify potential drug for pre-treating cells that swell after mild traumatic brain injury

A team of biomedical engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas have identified a cause of fluid swelling of the brain, or cellular edema, that occurs during a concussion. [More]
Noninvasive biomedical imaging technology uses light to map the brain

Noninvasive biomedical imaging technology uses light to map the brain

Scientific progress has provided a solid understanding of the anatomy of the brain. However, there is still no reliable way to examine neuron to neuron communication, as it happens--a key to understanding the correlation between brain structure and brain function. [More]
Research provides insights for why some epilepsy patients continue to experience postoperative seizures

Research provides insights for why some epilepsy patients continue to experience postoperative seizures

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 even after surgery. [More]
Children born to mothers with rheumatoid arthritis may have increased risk of developing epilepsy

Children born to mothers with rheumatoid arthritis may have increased risk of developing epilepsy

A new study shows a link between mothers with rheumatoid arthritis and children with epilepsy. [More]
New 3D scene analysis could supplement usual methods for monitoring sleep disorders

New 3D scene analysis could supplement usual methods for monitoring sleep disorders

The usual method of recording periodic leg movements in sleep for people with sleep disorders is to use electromyography (EMG), an electrophysiological method used in neurological diagnosis that measures muscle activity. [More]
Circular ‘Princess Leia’ oscillations help sleeping brain consolidate memories

Circular ‘Princess Leia’ oscillations help sleeping brain consolidate memories

Every night while you sleep, electrical waves of brain activity circle around each side of your brain, tracing a pattern that, were it on the surface of your head, might look like the twin hair buns of Star Wars' Princess Leia. [More]
CannaCure Florida offers medical cannabis educational conference following legalization of marijuana

CannaCure Florida offers medical cannabis educational conference following legalization of marijuana

CannaCure Florida is proudly offering the most comprehensive medical cannabis educational conference following passage of Florida Amendment 2 legalizing medical marijuana. [More]
Statistical analysis reveals possible scientific misconduct in some bone health studies

Statistical analysis reveals possible scientific misconduct in some bone health studies

A new study suggests probable scientific misconduct in at least some of 33 bone health trials published in various medical journals. [More]
Brain surgery helps remove scar tissue causing seizures in epilepsy patients

Brain surgery helps remove scar tissue causing seizures in epilepsy patients

By the time epilepsy patient Erika Fleck came to Loyola Medicine for a second opinion, she was having three or four seizures a week and hadn't been able to drive her two young children for five years. [More]
Scientists investigate role of mitochondria in Alzheimer's disease pathology

Scientists investigate role of mitochondria in Alzheimer's disease pathology

On Nov. 25, 1901, a 51-year-old woman is admitted to a hospital in Frankfurt, Germany, displaying a bizarre constellation of symptoms. [More]
Poor children with epilepsy have less favorable social outcomes as adults, study finds

Poor children with epilepsy have less favorable social outcomes as adults, study finds

In a population-based Canadian study of children with epilepsy, each of whom had access to universal health care, those from poor families had the same medical course and remission rate as their wealthier counterparts, but they had a less favorable social outcome as adults. [More]
Lack of brain shrinkage may help identify people at risk for dementia with Lewy bodies

Lack of brain shrinkage may help identify people at risk for dementia with Lewy bodies

A lack of shrinkage in the area of the brain responsible for memory may be a sign that people with thinking and memory problems may go on to develop dementia with Lewy bodies rather than Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study published in the November 2, 2016, online issue of Neurology, a medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. [More]
Scientists develop new model to provide predictions linking brain circuits to brain activity

Scientists develop new model to provide predictions linking brain circuits to brain activity

For as long as scientists have been listening in on the activity of the brain, they have been trying to understand the source of its noisy, apparently random, activity. [More]
Researchers develop novel tool to predict person's chance of survival after gunshot wounds

Researchers develop novel tool to predict person's chance of survival after gunshot wounds

Researchers have developed a first-of-its-kind tool to help predict a person's chance of survival after a gunshot wound in the head or other penetrating injury, according to a new study published in the October 26, 2016, online issue of Neurology, a medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. [More]
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