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2013-09-05 11:33:40

New research suggests that men who exercise vigorously as young adults may reduce their risk of developing epilepsy later in life. The study is published in the September 4, 2013, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Epilepsy is a brain disease that causes repeated seizures over time. "There are a host of ways exercise has been shown to benefit the brain and reduce the risk of brain diseases," said study author Elinor Ben-Menachem, PhD, MD,...

2013-09-04 08:32:16

People with epilepsy could be helped by new research into the way a key molecule controls brain activity during a seizure. Researchers have identified the role played by of a protein – called BDNF – and say the discovery could lead to new drugs that calm the symptoms of epileptic seizures. Scientists analysed the way cells communicate when the brain is most active – such as in epileptic seizures – when electrical signalling by the brain's neurons is increased. They found that...

Researchers Use Zebrafish To Reel In New Epilepsy Treatment
2013-09-03 15:36:39

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The phrase ‘thinking outside the box’ has become so common these days, it’s almost thought of as an oxymoronic cliché. However, a group of University of California, San Francisco researchers, doing just that, may have stumbled onto a new drug to treat a certain form of childhood epilepsy. Although previous studies have found antihistamines can make seizures worse, the UCSF researchers found that the antihistamine clemizole can...

Brain Structure May Be Permanently Altered By Migraines
2013-08-29 15:28:27

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Migraines are severe and potentially debilitating headaches marked by a throbbing pain on just one side of the head and, according to a new research review published in Neurology, they are capable of affecting the brain structure as shown on imaging tests. "Our review and meta-analysis study suggests that the disorder may permanently alter brain structure in multiple ways," study author Dr. Messoud Ashina, a neurologist at the...

Effective Epilepsy Drug Valproate May Cause Birth Defects
2013-08-26 10:47:52

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The anti-seizure drug valproate has been shown to be extremely effective, but a new study has found that it increases the risk of pregnant women giving birth to a child with spina bifida or hypospadias when taken in higher doses. The finding allows for women who suffer from seizures to make a more informed decision when deciding if they want to have a child. "For many women on epilepsy medication, the desire to start a family can be...

2013-08-15 15:14:58

Women of childbearing age, Asian patients may require alternative medications A study by Johns Hopkins researchers shows that a fifth of U.S. neurologists appear unaware of serious drug safety risks associated with various anti-epilepsy drugs, potentially jeopardizing the health of patients who could be just as effectively treated with safer alternative medications. The findings suggest that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration needs a better way to communicate information to...

2013-08-13 23:17:12

Partnership Offers New Channel to Donate and Continue to Do Good for People with Epilepsy in our Region Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 13, 2013 Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles today announced a partnership with Savers, Inc. — the national thrift store chain with more than 320 locations across North America — to support its helpline, educational programs, supportive services and advocacy work for people living with epilepsy in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San...


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