Study uncovers 11 new genes associated with epilepsy
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  January 8, 2019  
  Epilepsy  
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 Study uncovers 11 new genes associated with epilepsyStudy uncovers 11 new genes associated with epilepsy
 
The largest study of its kind, led by international researchers including scientists at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), has discovered 11 new genes associated with epilepsy.
 
   Scientists work on better and permanent treatment for epilepsyScientists work on better and permanent treatment for epilepsy
 
About 3.4 million Americans, or 1.2 percent of the population, have active epilepsy. Although the majority respond to medication, between 20 and 40 percent of patients with epilepsy continue to have seizures even after trying multiple anti-seizure drugs.
 
   Cannabis-based compound shows promise to reduce seizures in children with epilepsyCannabis-based compound shows promise to reduce seizures in children with epilepsy
 
Interest has been growing in the use of cannabinoids--the active chemicals in cannabis or marijuana-- for the treatment of epilepsy in children. A recent Epilepsia analysis of relevant published studies indicates that this strategy looks promising.
 
 Pacemaker in the brain could help patients with epilepsy and Parkinsons
 
Pacemaker in the brain could help patients with epilepsy and ParkinsonsEngineers and researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have developed a neurostimulator that can act as a pacemaker within the human brain. This device could detect the electrical currents within the brain and also deliver brain stimulation into the brain. This form of neurological stimulation could help patients with epilepsy and Parkinsonism, the team explains.
 
 
 Study identifies possible new strategies to treat silent seizures in children
 
Study identifies possible new strategies to treat silent seizures in childrenAs early as 3 months of age, infants with a severe form of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome start having convulsive seizures, during which their arms and legs jerk repeatedly. As they become toddlers, another type of seizure begins to appear.
 
 
 Scientists reveal new key mechanism of epileptic seizures
 
Scientists reveal new key mechanism of epileptic seizuresRussian scientists investigated the changes in the temporal lobe cortex of a rat brain during prolonged epileptic seizures. Despite the complex interaction of neural signals, biologists and physicists managed to build their mathematical model and identified the key factor leading to the seizures.
 
 
 UI study leads to better understanding of signaling capacity between neurons
 
UI study leads to better understanding of signaling capacity between neuronsThe fundamental process of information transfer from neuron to neuron occurs through a relay of electrical and chemical signaling at the synapse, the junction between neurons. Electrical signals, called action potentials, cause voltage-gated calcium channels on the presynaptic neuron to open.