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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...

2012-05-23 19:23:59

Researchers link seizure resistance to a protein that modifies cellular metabolism in the brain For decades, neurologists have known that a diet high in fat and extremely low in carbohydrates can reduce epileptic seizures that resist drug therapy. But how the diet worked, and why, was a mystery–so much so that in 2010, The New York Times Magazine called it "Epilepsy's Big, Fat Miracle." Now, researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School have proposed an...

2011-09-21 19:10:57

Zinc has been found to play a critical role in regulating communication between cells in the brain, possibly governing the formation of memories and controlling the occurrence of epileptic seizures. A collaborative project between Duke University Medical Center researchers and chemists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been able to watch zinc in action as it regulates communication between neurons in the hippocampus, where learning and memory processes occur — and...

2011-06-21 18:32:32

Maxim Bazhenov and Giri Krishnan used computational model to study epileptic seizures at the molecular level; research could lead to novel therapeutics for seizure disorder Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have made a discovery in the lab that could help drug manufacturers develop new antiepileptic drugs and explore novel strategies for treating seizures associated with epilepsy "“ a disease affecting about two million Americans. Neurons, the basic building blocks...

2011-04-15 08:12:13

By Rhonda Craig, Ivanhoe Health Correspondent (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A new drug could provide hope for people who suffer from epileptic seizures. The drug, called perampanel, may significantly reduce seizures in people with hard-to-treat epilepsy. More than 2 million Americans suffer from epileptic seizures. The episodes can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes and can greatly disrupt a person's everyday life. However, the first clinical trial to test a 12-milligram dose of the...

2010-12-16 07:35:25

(IVANHOE NEWSWIRE) -- Epileptic seizures continue to leave scientists at a medical stalemate. Although the causes of epileptic seizures are still unknown, scientists have been exploring how changes in the coordinated activity of brain networks, as monitored through electrodes, might help predict impending seizures. Two properties are commonly used to measure fluctuations in the activity of a brain network; one, known as L, relates to the overall connectedness between the activities of brain...

2010-07-29 15:21:44

A chemical compound that boosts the action of a molecule normally produced in the brain may provide the starting point for a new line of therapies for the treatment of epileptic seizures, according to a new study by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute. "This compound really provides a new angle for developing drugs to treat seizures," says Scripps Research Assistant Professor Xiaoying Lu, who co-authored the paper with Professor Edward Roberts, Chair of the Molecular and Integrative...

2010-05-07 08:57:19

After birth the brain looses many nerve cells and this continues throughout life "“ most neurons are formed before birth, after which many excess neurons degenerate. However, there are some cells that are still capable of division in old age "“ in the brains of mice, at least. According to scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology in Freiburg, different types of neuronal stem cells exist that can create new neurons. While they divide continuously and create new...

2010-04-26 10:18:00

--Modified Cells Disrupt Signal Control, May Permit Seizures-- PHILADELPHIA AND BOSTON, April 26, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Neuroscience researchers have zeroed in on a novel mechanism that helps control the firing of electrical signals among neurons. By isolating the molecular and electrical events that occur when this control is disrupted, the new research sheds light on epileptic seizures and potentially on other prominent diseases involving poorly regulated brain activity. "By better...

2010-04-25 15:12:18

Modified cells disrupt signal control, may permit seizures Neuroscience researchers have zeroed in on a novel mechanism that helps control the firing of electrical signals among neurons. By isolating the molecular and electrical events that occur when this control is disrupted, the new research sheds light on epileptic seizures and potentially on other prominent diseases involving poorly regulated brain activity. "By better understanding the detailed events that occur in epilepsy, we are...


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