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2013-11-20 17:41:50

Pattern of brain activity points to possible neural circuit switched on by drug and may identify other patients who could respond George Melendez has been called a medical miracle. After a near drowning deprived his brain of oxygen, Melendez remained in a fitful, minimally conscious state until his mother, in 2002, decided to give him the sleep aid drug Ambien to quiet his moaning and writhing. The next thing she knew, her son was quietly looking at her and trying to talk. He has been...

2013-11-20 08:27:50

-- UCB-sponsored data include the first presentation of investigational data of VIMPAT® (lacosamide) as monotherapy for the treatment of partial-onset seizures in adults with epilepsy ATLANTA, Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- UCB, a global biopharmaceutical company focusing on CNS and immunology treatment and research, will be sponsoring 15 data presentations at the 67th Annual Meeting of the American Epilepsy Society in Washington, D.C., December 6-10. The poster presentations on VIMPAT(®)...

2013-11-20 08:26:16

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Epilepsy Foundation is proud to welcome Emmy Award-winning journalist Elizabeth Espinosa, host of CNN Latino's "Sin Limites" and weekend news anchor on KTLA in Los Angeles, as a spokesperson to help raise awareness of epilepsy and seizures in the Latino American community. Ms. Espinosa will take part in a series of public service announcements designed to inform the community about how common epilepsy is and how the Epilepsy...

Monkey Sense Without Seeing
2013-11-20 08:05:54

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The human ability to locate and avoid objects in their peripheral field of vision with little more than a sideways glace could also be present in monkeys, according to new research in the journal Animal Cognition. Lau Andersen of the Aarhus University in Denmark and his colleagues trained five adult male rhesus monkeys in order to perform a short-latency, highly stereotyped localization task. They taught the creatures to touch...

Brain Changes Could Help Predict Anxiety Disorders In Young Children
2013-11-20 07:32:26

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Measuring the size and connectivity of a region of the brain responsible for processing emotions can help predict the amount of stress that young children are experiencing in their day-to-day lives, according to new research published today in the journal Biological Psychiatry. In the study, researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine report that kids who have a larger amygdala that is better connected with other parts...

2013-11-19 13:10:02

Specific area of the brain linked to anxiety disorders in youth Anxiety disorders are common in children and adolescents, affecting up to 25 percent of the youth population. Anxiety causes distress and functional impairment and, if left untreated, can result in bad grades, problems at home and increased rates of psychiatric disorders in adulthood. These risks constitute a significant public health burden, and they underscore the importance of continued efforts to understand the cause...

2013-11-19 12:59:00

Patients with the most common form of focal epilepsy have widespread, abnormal connections in their brains that could provide clues toward diagnosis and treatment, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. Temporal lobe epilepsy is characterized by seizures emanating from the temporal lobes, which sit on each side of the brain just above the ear. Previously, experts believed that the condition was related to isolated injuries of structures within the temporal...

2013-11-18 08:30:03

Multiple Presentations Highlight Findings from Phase 3 Trial Investigating USL255 for Adjunctive Treatment of Epilepsy in Patients with Refractory Partial-Onset Seizures MAPLE GROVE, Minn., Nov. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. (Upsher-Smith), today announced that it will present new research from its epilepsy clinical development program for USL255 (extended-release topiramate) during the American Epilepsy Society's (AES) 67(th) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC,...

2013-11-14 23:21:18

Researchers develop novel method to image worm brain activity and screen early stage compounds aimed at treating autism and anxiety. Worcester, MA (PRWEB) November 14, 2013 A research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and The Rockefeller University in New York has developed a novel system to image brain activity in multiple awake and unconstrained worms. The technology, which makes it possible to study the genetics and neural circuitry associated with animal behavior, can also...

2013-11-12 23:02:26

Thousands Participate in Rose Bowl Event to Support the Fight to End Epilepsy Los Angeles (PRWEB) November 12, 2013 The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles celebrates National Epilepsy Awareness Month by hosting the Walk to End Epilepsy on Sunday, November 17th at the Rose Bowl. The Walk is expected to draw nearly 3,000 walkers, raise funds for the fight against epilepsy and honor the 160,000 families in the region who live with seizures. “The Walk to End Epilepsy is an...


Latest Brain Reference Libraries

Cerebellum
2013-07-29 09:48:00

The cerebellum is a section of the brain that is most in charge of cognitive functions and motor skills. Formation and Orientation The cerebellum can be found at the bottom of the brain behind the pons and below that cerebral cortex under a layer of dura mater. It is considered as a part of the "hindbrain". The cerebellum is anatomically divided into two separate hemispheres, marked by the 'vermis', a small midline zone between the left and right hemispheres. But three lobes can be...

Midbrain
2013-07-25 15:13:23

The midbrain, also known as the mesencephalon is the part of the brain most responsible for vision, motor control, arousal, temperature regulation, alertness and hearing. Formation and Orientation The midbrain is found under the cerebral cortex and above the hindbrain. The mesencephalon is not divided into any other portions of the brain unlike the other two vesicles that stem from the neural tube. There are four separate lobes on the side of the cerebral aqueduct within the...

Brain
2013-03-05 13:54:00

Formation and Orientation The development of the brain is broken down into stages. The basic evolution begins in the third week of the embryonic process where the neural plate is formed. By week four, the neural plate has developed into the neural tube. The anterior part of the tube, the telencephalon, grows rapidly as it prepares to later give way to the brain. As time goes on, cells begin to classify themselves as either neurons or glial cells, thus determining their functions. Glial...

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