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Five ways to cope with migraine!

Migraines are not just your average headaches. They can be debilitating, come unexpectedly, and be accompanied by a varied range of upsetting effects, such as extreme nausea, cognitive impairment, and eyesight disturbances. We have investigated the best ways of dealing with them.

The 10 best migraine apps

Do you experience frequent and severe migraines? We have selected the best apps to help you deal with migraines based on their quality, reviews by their users, and their effectiveness to log migraine triggers and provide support for individuals living with the condition. A migraine is more than just a headache; it is a complex neurological condition that features a wide range of symptoms, includin...

Your neurons register familiar faces, whether you notice them or not

When people see an image of a person they recognize—the famous tennis player Roger Federer or actress Halle Berry, for instance—particular cells light up in the brain. Now, researchers reporting in Current Biology on September 21 have found that those cells light up even when a person sees a familiar face or object but fails to notice it. The only difference in that case is that the neural activit...

Goal of new tissue-chip research is to assess efficacy of novel epilepsy drugs

An interdisciplinary team of Vanderbilt University researchers has received a two-year, $2-million federal grant to develop an “organ-on-chip” model for two genetic forms of epilepsy. These disorders affect both brain and heart and improved modeling could lead to new drug treatments.   The project led by John Wikswo, A.B. Learned Professor of Living State Physics and Gordon A. Cai...

VNS Therapy Stimulator Implanted In Therapy Dog With Epilepsy

It’s hard enough to get your dog to take their heartworm medicine once a month. Now try giving a dog 25 pills, EVERY DAY.  There’s not enough peanut butter and ham to help make the medicine go down. But that has been the reality for one Savannah dog and his owners. Things could be changing, thanks to a history-making surgery. 

Local epileptic seizure shows long distance interaction

An epileptic seizure may be highly local, but it also influences brain activity at a distance of over ten centimeters from the core. This, in turn, affects the active area, scientists of the University of Twente and the University of Chicago show in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The area in which an epileptic seizure starts in the brain, may be small but it reaches ot...

Photosensitivity May Indicate CLN Type 2 Disease in Youngsters, Study Suggests

Early photosensitivity may be a hallmark of ceroid lipofuscinosis type 2 (CLN2) disease, according to the results of a small study. The study “Photosensitivity is an early marker of neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis type 2 disease” was published in the journal Epilepsia. The neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses (NCLs), or Batten disease, are a heterogeneous group of lysosomal storage disorders that include...

What should you do if a friend has a seizure?

Ten percent of people are expected to experience a seizure at some point during their lifetime, but would you know what to do if someone was having a seizure right next to you? Would you recognize it for what it was? Here, we give you an overview of different types of seizures and offer some helpful first aid tips.

Memory decline after head injury may be prevented by slowing brain cell growth

The excessive burst of new brain cells after a traumatic head injury that scientists have traditionally believed helped in recovery could instead lead to epileptic seizures and long-term cognitive decline, according to a new Rutgers New Jersey Medical School study. In the September issue of Stem Cell Reports, Viji Santhakumar, associate professor in the department of Pharmacology, Physiology and N...

Heat a trigger for seizures

Fever is the most common trigger for seizures in children between 5 months and 6 years of age. But the underlying cause is not always clear. Now in a study published in the journal Epilepsy Research, Jing-Qiong (Katty) Kang, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues show in a genetically altered mouse model that elevated body temperature alone can increase vulnerability to febrile seizures even in the absence o...

Epilepsy drugs pose risks to developing brains, study suggests

Some drugs used to treat epilepsy harm children who are exposed to them in the womb or through breast milk, a new analysis of the literature suggests1. The drug valproate is particularly risky, boosting the likelihood of autism and other developmental problems up to 17-fold. The study is the first to compare the relative risks of taking various epilepsy drugs during pregnancy. Some of these medica...

NeuroPace Epileptic Seizure Control System: Interview with Dr. Martha Morrell, CMO of NeuroPace

People with certain types of epilepsy may have the option to use a therapy that doesn’t include drugs. The RNS System from NeuroPace, a company out of Mountain View, California, monitors the brain for signs of an oncoming seizure and stimulates it to disrupt the process. It has been approved in the U.S. for about four years now, and we wanted to find more about how it works and how it’s being used...

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