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An epileptic seizure, occasionally referred to as a fit, is defined as a transient symptom of "abnormal excessive or synchronous neuronal activity in the brain".
CBD oil may reduce frequency and severity of seizures in patients with epilepsy, UAB study shows

CBD oil may reduce frequency and severity of seizures in patients with epilepsy, UAB study shows

Cannabidiol oil, also known as CBD oil, reduces the frequency and severity of seizures in children and adults with severe, intractable epilepsy, according to findings presented by researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham at the American Epilepsy Society 70th Annual Meeting. [More]
Customized tablet-based tool can help epilepsy patients to manage own unique symptoms

Customized tablet-based tool can help epilepsy patients to manage own unique symptoms

Epilepsy patients who want to learn how to manage their own unique symptoms can now get individualized information via tablet computer through a research project at the University of Illinois at Chicago. [More]
Electro-acupuncture may be effective in treating sleep disturbances in women with breast cancer

Electro-acupuncture may be effective in treating sleep disturbances in women with breast cancer

It's somewhat of a little-known adverse effect of having breast cancer, but studies suggest that approximately 30% to 40% of women with breast cancer report persistent hot flashes. Nocturnal hot flashes are among the most problematic because they can contribute to poor sleep. [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]
Sutter Health awarded $1.2 million by California Initiative to advance precision of care for multiple sclerosis

Sutter Health awarded $1.2 million by California Initiative to advance precision of care for multiple sclerosis

The not-for-profit Sutter Health network was awarded $1.2 million by the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine to support patients with multiple sclerosis—and help improve how we target and treat health matters across the entire state. [More]
Study finds link between hypoglycemia and mortality risk in hospitalized patients

Study finds link between hypoglycemia and mortality risk in hospitalized patients

In hospitalized patients, low blood sugar—also known as hypoglycemia—is associated with increased short- and long-term mortality risk, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. [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]
Novel discovery could provide diabetic patients with better and safer insulin injections

Novel discovery could provide diabetic patients with better and safer insulin injections

Insulin injection, if you've never done it, takes two hands. One hand holds the insulin injector. [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]
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]
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]
FDA approves expanded use of systemic therapy for treating chronic moderate-to-severe pediatric psoriasis

FDA approves expanded use of systemic therapy for treating chronic moderate-to-severe pediatric psoriasis

Amgen today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the supplemental Biologics License Application for the expanded use of ENBREL (etanercept), making it the first and only systemic therapy to treat pediatric patients (ages 4-17) with chronic moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. [More]
Innovative discovery could help life-saving oral drugs work efficiently and faster

Innovative discovery could help life-saving oral drugs work efficiently and faster

A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota and The Dow Chemical Company have discovered a new method for customizing ingredients that help oral medications dissolve in the body and be absorbed into the bloodstream. [More]
Second annual conference at UofL focuses on improving access to quality health care for adults with IDD

Second annual conference at UofL focuses on improving access to quality health care for adults with IDD

Thanks to advances in medical science and a highly developed network of specialized pediatric health care services, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are much more likely to live into adulthood than they were several decades ago. [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]
UAB researchers launch first drug study to prevent onset of epilepsy in children with TSC

UAB researchers launch first drug study to prevent onset of epilepsy in children with TSC

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have launched the first drug study aimed at preventing or delaying the onset of epilepsy in children with a genetic condition known as tuberous sclerosis complex. [More]
Researchers identify process in the brains of mice that may explain repetitive actions in Rett patients

Researchers identify process in the brains of mice that may explain repetitive actions in Rett patients

Three-year-old Naomi slaps her forehead a few times, bites her fingers and toddles across the doctor's office in her white and pink pajamas before turning her head into a door with a dull thud. [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]
Free, student-run CPPT clinic at Rutgers helps improve physical function among patients

Free, student-run CPPT clinic at Rutgers helps improve physical function among patients

Ulises Mantilla was a 21-year-old college student when he suffered a stroke at his home in Newark in 2012. The last thing he remembers about that day is dialing 911. He awoke from a coma a month later in the hospital, unable to walk or perform simple tasks. [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]
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