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2014-03-31 16:27:04

Health Insurance Claim Data Suggests Value of Screening BOSTON, March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Patients with an autoimmune disease have a 3.8-fold increased risk of developing epilepsy, according to a new population-level study from Boston Children's Hospital based on health insurance claim data. The study, published online March 31, 2014 in JAMA Neurology, is the largest to date to look at the association between autoimmune disease and epilepsy without a recognized...

2014-02-10 08:26:23

CHICAGO, Feb. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Headache Foundation is pleased to announce that Melodie Winawer, M.D., M.S., is the recipient of the 2014 Seymour Diamond, M.D. Lectureship. Doctor Winawer is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Columbia University. Currently, she is involved in clinical, education, and research activities at the Columbia University Medical Center and Harlem Hospital in New York City. In addition to her work in neurology, she received...

New Childhood Epilepsy Genes
2013-08-12 10:40:43

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A large, international research consortium has identified 25 new mutations on nine key genes responsible for childhood epilepsy. Because these mutations are not inherited, the scientists used a state-of-the-art genetic technique called exome sequencing to identify them. "It appears that the time for using this approach to understand complex neurological disorders has arrived," said David Goldstein, study leader and director of the...

2012-06-11 23:00:24

The Epilepsy Study Consortium and Irody announce the use of an electronic patient diary on mobile devices for global personalized medicine study. Study objective is to identify clinical characteristics and biomarkers predictive of disease outcome and progression, and treatment response in patients with epilepsy. Each participant to receive an iPod Touch equipped with an Electronic Diary app. Mobile electronic diary can speed exchange of meaningful and real-time data between patients and study...

2012-04-24 09:34:46

UCSF study indicates effective treatment should be far more common Ten years ago, a landmark clinical trial in Canada demonstrated the unequivocal effectiveness of brain surgeries for treating uncontrolled epilepsy, but since then the procedure has not been widely adopted–in fact, it is dramatically underutilized according to a new study from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). The study, published this month in the journal Neurology, showed that the number of...

2012-04-02 20:34:33

New research confirms that childhood onset temporal lobe epilepsy has a significant impact on brain aging. Study findings published in Epilepsia, a peer-reviewed journal of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), show age-accelerated ventricular expansion outside the normal range in this patient population. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), epilepsy affects nearly 2 million Americans. Temporal lobe epilepsy is the most common form of partial...

2012-03-27 13:50:05

Early-initiated immunotherapy appears to be associated with improved seizure outcomes among patients with autoimmune epilepsy, according to a report published Online First by Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) are the mainstay of treatment for epilepsy, but seizures continue in one-third of patients despite appropriate AED therapeutic trials," the authors write as background in the study. "Even in the current era, the etiology of epilepsy...

2012-03-26 09:37:42

A new epilepsy gene for idiopathic epilepsy in Belgian Shepherds has been found in the canine chromosome 37. The research of Professor Hannes Lohi and his group conducted at the University of Helsinki and the Folkhälsan Research Center opens new avenues for the understanding of the genetic background of the most common canine epilepsies. The research also has an impact on the understanding of common epilepsies in humans. The research is published in the scientific journal PLoS...


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