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2012-12-03 16:51:35

A Loyola University Medical Center neurologist is reporting surprising results of a study of patients who experience both epileptic and non-epileptic seizures. Non-epileptic seizures resemble epileptic seizures, but are not accompanied by abnormal electrical discharges. Rather, these seizures are believed to be brought on by psychological stresses. Dr. Diane Thomas reported that 15.7 percent of hospital patients who experienced non-epileptic seizures also had epileptic seizures during...

2012-02-16 10:56:00

Drugs target calcium channel in neurons A team led by a University of British Columbia professor has developed a new class of drugs that completely suppress absence seizures — a brief, sudden loss of consciousness — in rats, and which are now being tested in humans. Absence seizures, also known as "petit mal seizures," are a symptom of epilepsy, most commonly experienced by children. During such episodes, the person looks awake but dazed. The seizures, arising from a flurry...

2010-12-07 13:01:49

Mayo Clinic researchers studied more than 200 children with epilepsy and found that even if the cause of focal-onset seizures cannot be identified and they do not fit into a known epilepsy syndrome, long-term prognosis is still excellent. This study was presented at the American Epilepsy Society's (http://www.aesnet.org/) annual meeting in San Antonio on Dec. 4. Epilepsy (http://www.mayoclinic.org/epilepsy/) is a disorder characterized by the occurrence of two or more seizures. It affects...

2010-03-14 10:56:06

OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital is part of largest-ever NIH-funded pediatric epilepsy clinical trial to examine which of 3 standard treatments is most effective One of the oldest available anti-seizure medications, ethosuximide, is the most effective treatment for childhood absence epilepsy, according to initial outcomes published in this week's New England Journal of Medicine. OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital is one of 32 comprehensive pediatric epilepsy centers nationwide selected...

2010-03-04 08:30:10

CINCINNATI "“ The first comprehensive comparative effectiveness clinical trial of three widely used anti-seizure drugs for childhood absence epilepsy "“ the most common form of epilepsy in kids "“ has established an evidence-based approach for initial drug therapy. Published March 4 in the New England Journal of Medicine, data from the double-blind, randomized, comparative clinical trial fill a large information gap in the treatment of childhood absence epilepsy, also known...

2009-11-16 07:00:00

RARITAN, N.J., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Epilepsy and seizures affect nearly 3 million Americans of all ages and in 70 percent of new cases, no cause is apparent. Those who live daily with the condition have no way of knowing when the next seizure will occur, how long it will last or where they will be, often experiencing a roller coaster of emotions as they cope with the condition. The wonder behind the diagnosis, the perseverance in managing it, and the support received through family...

2009-06-02 16:01:35

U.S. researchers have found an FDA-approved drug that might prevent genetically caused epilepsy also might help prevent more common forms of the condition. Washington University School of Medicine researchers in St. Louis said they found the drug rapamycin may also help prevent forms of epilepsy caused by brain injury. The scientists determined rapamycin blocks brain changes believed to cause seizures in rats. In a paper last year, the same group showed rapamycin prevents brain changes in...

2009-06-02 11:45:00

Screening drugs that work against defects in the tiny pores or channels that allow calcium to flow in and out cells is already easier because of a specially bred mouse that has the "pure" form of absence seizures (brief lapses in consciousness) usually seen in children, said researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in a report that appears in the current issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.Extra gene copy"This shows that an extra copy of a gene in a mouse can cause a pure form of absence...

2009-01-06 14:59:15

Two children have a seizure. One child never has another seizure. Twenty years later, the other child has a series of seizures and is diagnosed with epilepsy. A study being led by researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is looking at what could possibly happen in the development of these two children that would lead to such extreme variations in their neurologic health. The findings reveal that genetic predisposition, coupled with the occurrence of a patient's first seizures, could...


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