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2012-06-11 23:01:02

Money raised by a dedicated group of supporters of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles will help make quality care a reality for thousands more local children in serious need of epilepsy treatment Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 11, 2012 At its signature annual Care and Cure Benefit in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, June 5, the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles announced three new Pediatric Epilepsy Fellowship grants for three major hospitals in the region. “With too few...

2012-06-06 12:22:39

Seizure severity and antiepileptic drug polytherapy among predictors of poor seizure outcomes A 25-year follow-up study reveals that 68% of patients with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) became seizure-free, with nearly 30% no longer needing antiepileptic drug (AED) treatment. Findings published today in Epilepsia, a journal of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), report that the occurrence of generalized tonic-clonic seizures preceded by bilateral myoclonic seizures, and AED...

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...

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"...

2012-05-17 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...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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