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Wireless charging system can power up internal body implants

A new system that that wirelessly charges internal implants and wearables could be about to make life easier for patients with conditions such as epilepsy or diabetes.   MagLense is a breakthrough product providing wireless power transfer to internal implants and wearables for more comfortable charging. The system, developed by Cambridge Consultants, provides flexible, efficient and safe wire...

Migraine, Tension-Type Headaches Common in Mitochondrial Patients, Study Shows

Researchers found that patients with different types of mitochondrial disease have higher rates of headaches compared to the general population. Tension-type headaches (TTH) were more frequent than migraines among this patient population, the study found.   The study, “Prevalence of Headache in Patients With Mitochondrial Disease: A Cross-Sectional Study,” was published in the journal Headach...

The Complex Relationship Between Stress and Seizures

Actress Melanie Griffith recently revealed that she was diagnosed with epilepsy following a string of seizures over a period of 20 years. Speaking at an event to raise awareness for Women’s Brain Health Initiative, Griffith said, “Every seizure that I had was at a point when I was extremely stressed.”   Griffith said she now has her condition under control with medication and hasn’t had a sei...

See these first-of-a-kind views of living human nerve cells

New database could shed light on how people’s brains tick   The human brain is teeming with diversity. By plucking out delicate, live tissue during neurosurgery and then studying the resident cells, researchers have revealed a partial cast of neural characters that give rise to our thoughts, dreams and memories.   So far, researchers with the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle ...

Surgery Decreases Seizures, Increases QOL in Children with Epilepsy

Drug-resistant children and adolescents that undergo epilepsy surgery have a significantly higher rate of seizure-free periods and better quality of life compared to those who simply continue medical therapy, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.  Manjari Tripathi, MD, DM   Researchers led by Manjari Tripathi, MD, DM, professor of neurology at the All Indi...

Scientists developing a pharmaceutical that stops convulsions

Scientists from RUDN University took an active part in the development of a chemical compound to stop convulsions during epileptic seizures. The results of the study were published in Chirality.   Epilepsy is a chronic neuralgic disease that causes convulsive seizures in humans and other animals. The pathogenesis of this disease is paroxysmal discharges in the nerve cells of the brain that ca...

Star-shaped brain cells orchestrate neural connections

Brains are made of more than a tangled net of neurons. Star-like cells called astrocytes diligently fill in the gaps between neural nets, each wrapping itself around thousands of neuronal connections called synapses. This arrangement gives each individual astrocyte an intricate, sponge-like structure.   New research from Duke University finds that astrocytes are much more than neurons’ ...

Angelman Patients Frequently Have Gastrointestinal Problems, Study Finds

Patients with Angelman syndrome (AS) often have gastrointestinal (GI) issues such as constipation, reflux and abnormal food-related behaviors, according to new research.   The study, “Prevalence of gastrointestinal symptoms in Angelman syndrome,” appeared in the American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A. Its senior author is Dr. Ronald L. Thibert, director of the Angelman Syndrome Clinic at...

Marijuana compound curbs seizures by pushing ‘brakes’ in brain

A compound derived from marijuana may treat a severe form of epilepsy by dampening brain activity, a new study suggests1.   In July, another team reported that in a clinical trial of 120 children with this form of epilepsy, called Dravet syndrome, the compound decreased the frequency of seizures. Dravet syndrome is often accompanied by autism.   The new study clarifies how this compound,...

New amino acid may lead to progress on major maladies

It’s open to different types, but it’s ultimately seeking an exclusive relationship. It knows how to establish a strong bond, but when it does, it tends to develop an unhealthy attachment that can keep a partner from reaching its full potential.   It’s an amino acid, and chemists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln designed it that way to help smother drivers of diseases l...

It’s ‘Buyer Beware’ When Purchasing Medical Pot Extract Online

People buying a medicinal marijuana extract over the internet often don’t get what they paid for, a new study warns.   Nearly 7 out of 10 cannabidiol (CBD) products tested did not contain the amount of marijuana extract promised on the label, researchers report.   “We wanted to see if they are accurately describing what is in their product,” said lead researcher Marcel ...

Scientists identify eight new genes involved in epileptic encephalopathy

Approximately 30 per cent of patients with epilepsy do not respond to anti-epileptic drugs. In these cases, all neurologists can do is attempt to find the right combination of medication through trial and error.  A treatment that could target the root cause of epilepsy is a beacon of hope for these patients.  But identifying the cause of the pathology is no easy feat.   “There are many genes...

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