Heart rate variability may increase epilepsy risk
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  March 15, 2016  
  Epilepsy  
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 Heart rate variability may increase epilepsy riskHeart rate variability may increase epilepsy risk
 
Doctors have long characterized epilepsy as a brain disorder, but researchers at Case Western Reserve University have found that part of the autonomic nervous system functions differently in epilepsy during the absence of seizures.This connection to the involuntary division of the nervous system may have implications for diagnosing and treating the disease and understanding sudden unexpected death in epilepsy
 
 
 New model could help to better understand extreme events in the brainNew model could help to better understand extreme events in the brain
 
Physicists at the Universities of Bonn and Oldenburg have developed a model whose behavior - although based on strict rules - can apparently change spontaneously. There are also changes of this type in nature, for example, in the development of migraine attacks or epileptic seizures.
 
   UT Southwestern teams up with seven universities to develop new technologies to improve memory functionUT Southwestern teams up with seven universities to develop new technologies to improve memory function
 
UT Southwestern Medical Center has joined a consortium of seven leading universities to develop new technologies to improve memory in people with traumatic brain injury, mild cognitive impairment, epilepsy, and Alzheimer's disease.
 
   Genetics plays significant role in sleep/wake timing of seizuresGenetics plays significant role in sleep/wake timing of seizures
 
New research from the Epilepsy Phenome/Genome Project shows that genetics plays a role in sleep/wake timing of seizures. Researchers studied 1,395 individuals with epilepsy in families containing multiple people with epilepsy to determine whether sleep/wake timing of seizures runs in families.
 
   Hemispheric and thalamic volumes point to electrical epilepticus during sleepHemispheric and thalamic volumes point to electrical epilepticus during sleep
 
Early assessment of hemispheric and thalamic volumes in children with polymicrogyria and epilepsy can reliably predict the risk of continuous spike-and-wave complexes during sleep, a study indicates.
 
 Quantifying brain activity through optical imaging
 
Quantifying brain activity through optical imagingMeasuring brain activity using optical imaging shows promise to transform the method of treating brain injuries and neurological disorders. Dr. Ofer Levi, who serves as an assistant professor at the University of Toronto's Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, and his team is working on realizing dual modality brain mapping with a single system.
 
 
 People newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis share risk factors of other chronic illnesses
 
People newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis share risk factors of other chronic illnessesPeople newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis may often have other chronic health conditions as well, according to a study published in the March 9, 2016 online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.