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2012-05-23 19:22:07

A new study unravels a link between a protein that can modify cellular metabolism in the brain and seizure susceptibility. The research, published by Cell Press in the May 24th issue of the journal Neuron, may lead to the development of new treatments for epilepsy. Epilepsy is a disorder characterized by seizures, unpredictable and abnormal bursts of electrical activity in the brain. Some cases of epilepsy are resistant to traditional drug treatments but can be improved by a "ketogenic"...

2012-05-21 02:25:40

ETP Has Provided Funding and Expertise to More than 40 of the Most Promising Programs WASHINGTON, May 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Epilepsy Therapy Project (ETP), a non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate new therapies for people living with epilepsy and seizures, today launched a new and comprehensive pipeline documenting projects from early- to late-stage development on its website epilepsy.com. The "Epilepsy Therapy Pipeline" has been created as...

2012-05-17 12:26:10

Room sharing and co-sleeping decrease sleep quality, prevent restful sleep Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital for Children in Boston have determined that pediatric epilepsy significantly impacts sleep patterns for the child and parents. According to the study available in Epilepsia, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), sharing a room or co-sleeping with their child with epilepsy decreases the sleep quality and...

2012-05-10 09:53:11

How well people with newly diagnosed epilepsy respond to their first drug treatment, may signal the likelihood that they will continue to have uncontrolled seizures according to University of Melbourne Chair of Neurology Professor Patrick Kwan. In a study published in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, Professor Kwan, who is also head of the clinical epilepsy program at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and an international authority in antiepileptic drug...

2012-05-10 05:26:03

(Ivanhoe Newswire) —They say first impressions are lasting impressions--and for people with epilepsy the way they respond to their first drug treatment could tell doctors a lot about the likelihood of future seizures. "Our research shows a pattern based on how a person responds to initial treatment and specifically, to their first two courses of drug treatment," study author Patrick Kwan, M.D., Ph.D., with the University of Melbourne in Australia was quoted as saying. For the...

2012-05-09 06:24:44

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Synthetic marijuana and a "forgotten pharmaceutical" sold as a recreational stimulant have brought patients to the emergency department with symptoms ranging from psychosis to cerebral hemorrhages, according to two papers published online yesterday in Annals of Emergency Medicine ("A Characterization of Synthetic Cannabinoid Exposures Reported to the National Poison Data System in 2010" http://bit.ly/IW2slW and "Use of...

2012-05-08 10:24:14

Northwestern Medicine® experts minimize impact of neurological surgery using advanced imaging techniques and brain mapping CHICAGO, May 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To say singing saved 25-year-old Sandra Marante's life is no stretch; in fact, if you ask her, she'll tell you it saved her twice. At 19 years old, Marante's burgeoning career as a pop singer was abruptly halted when an accident at a Florida restaurant left her with severe burns. During months of rehabilitation,...

2012-05-02 10:28:03

Basis for the epilepsy-autism connection is found - and may be reversible with an existing drug BOSTON, May 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Early-life seizures are known to be associated with autism, and studies indicate that about 40 percent of patients with autism also have epilepsy. A study from Boston Children's Hospital finds a reason for the link, and suggests that an existing drug, already shown to be safe in children, could help prevent autism from developing in...

2012-05-01 14:22:06

Walks benefit people living with seizures SEATTLE, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Over two thousand or more people will march in eight cities throughout the northwest for the 10th Annual Northwest Run/Walk for Epilepsy. The events will occur on Saturday, June 16 in Seattle, Portland, Tacoma, Tri-Cities, Hermiston, Anchorage and Juneau, and on Saturday, June 9 in Spokane. All events benefit the Epilepsy Foundation Northwest. "Everyone is invited to participate in the...

2012-04-26 06:26:30

( ) ATLANTA, April 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- UCB today announced interim results from the VITOBA(TM) (VImpaT® added to One Baseline AED) study, which showed that patients with less refractory partial-onset seizures treated with Vimpat® (lacosamide) C-V as add-on to monotherapy experienced seizure reduction. These data were presented today at the 64th annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) in New Orleans. VITOBA(TM) is a six-month prospective,...