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Concussion Alters Cerebral Blood Flow in Young Athletes

A single sports-related concussion in an adolescent leads to a significant reduction in cerebral blood flow (CBF) that may persist for more than 1 month after the injury, new research suggests. “This study adds to the expanding evidence that concussion is a serious injury that takes considerable time to recover from for many kids,” Todd A. Maugans, MD, from the Division of Pediatric Ne...

‘Laughing Seizures’ Patients Shed Light on Laughter’s Origins

A rare condition may help researchers understand the origins of laugher in the brain, a new study says. The study involved patients with gelastic epilepsy, an uncommon condition characterized by seizures that manifest as uncontrollable laughing spells. Researchers knew patients with this condition have lesions in an area of the brain called the hypothalamus. The new study pinpointed these lesions ...

Autistic Teens With Epilepsy Often Light-Sensitive

MONDAY, Dec. 5 — Teenagers with autism who also have epilepsy often suffer from photosensitivity, or light sensitivity, researchers say. The combination means that certain behaviors common among autistic kids — such as flapping their hands in front of their faces — could increase their risk for photosensitive seizures. Although photosensitivity occurs in up to 14 percent of child...

Phase III Progesterone Therapy Trial For Women With Epilepsy Has Favorable Outcome

Seizures in women of childbearing age commonly show patterns of exacerbation that involve hormones as a factor. Investigators reported the favorable outcome of a multicenter randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled phase III clinical trial of progesterone therapy in reducing these perimenstrually exacerbated (catamenial) seizures. Results of the NIH-sponsored study are being presented during...

Research Documents Seizure Trends In Women With Catamenial Epilepsy

In women of childbearing age with epilepsy, seizure exacerbation may occur either at the time of menstruation or ovulation. Investigators in a specialized epilepsy center have analyzed the data on a group of patients with seizures associated with their menstrual cycles (catamenial seizures) for type of epilepsy, seizure frequency, response to medication, neuroimaging findings, and seizures during ...

Soccer Ball Heading May Injure the Brain

November 29, 2011 (Chicago, Illinois) — Heading the ball in soccer is an integral part of the game, but it might also be a cause of brain injury, according to research presented here at the Radiological Society of North America 97th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting. In a study of amateur soccer players, those who fielded the ball more frequently with their head had brain abnormalities simila...

NeuroSigma to Exhibit at the 2011 American Epilepsy Society Annual Meeting and Introduce External Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation – the USB Port to the Brain™

LOS ANGELES , Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — NeuroSigma, Inc., a Los Angeles -based medical technology company, today announced it will introduce its External Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation (eTNS™) system as an exhibitor at the 65th Annual American Epilepsy Society (AES) Meeting being held December 2-6, 2011 at the Baltimore Convention Center. NeuroSigma is the exclusive worldwide licensee of tr...

Reports of the ‘Breaking Dawn’ birth scene spurring seizures in Twilight fans have landed photosensitive epilepsy in the spotlight. Not since the Pokemon incident of 1997, in which more than 700 Japanese cartoon viewers were hospitalized, have strobe-light-induced seizures garnered so much attention. “There are many, many things that can induce seizures,” said Dr. Dan Lowen...

Most people with epilepsy can lead normal lives

Randy Sorgenfrei maintains buildings and grounds for Hall County, likes to hunt pheasants and watch football. He also has epilepsy. But today he lives a normal life, going to work and wherever he wants. “I’m capable of doing anything I want,” Sorgenfrei said. “I’m living a regular, normal life. I have no concerns about any problems (with epilepsy).” November is ...

Long Term Older Antiepileptic Drug Usage Linked To Hardening Of Arteries

According to new research published in Epilepsia, the journal of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), patients with epilepsy who were treated with older generation antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) for extended periods may be at increased risk for developing atherosclerosis, a common disorder known as hardening of the arteries. The study reveals that the vascular risk is substantially linked...

Epilepsy & Heredity – One Third of Persons With Epilepsy

We earlier posted an article on the epilepsy genome.  It had a great response and people have asked us to find out how many or what percentage or persons with epilepsy inherited it.  Will here is a article from the lady that found the first gene getting an award and she says 1/3. INGRID Scheffer is the Asia-Pacific L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Laureate for 2012 – and recipient o...

Epilepsy Therapy Project and Milken Family Foundation Announce Recipients of Inaugural Young Investigator Awards

WASHINGTON and SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 10, 2011 /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, and the Milken Family Foundation, which helps to support basic and applied medical research especially in the areas of epilepsy and cancer, today announced the reci...