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How to record 1 million neurons in real time

An innovative new method might allow scientists to translate the information coming from more than 1 million neurons at once, as well as decode the activity as it happens.   The brain produces big data like no other organ, but can we tame it?   Over the past few decades, the amount of data produced in everyday life has exploded.

This funky helmet makes brain-scanning more comfortable

It can make scanning kids and patients with movement problems much easier.   See that helmet in the photo up there? That’s not a prop for a new sci-fi/horror flick — it’s a magnetoencephalography (MEG) helmet that can scan the brain and map its activity. MEG machines are used to look for pathological activity in patients with epilepsy and for brain tumor patients’ surg...

Stanford researchers listen for silent seizures with “brain stethoscope” that turns brain waves into sound

By converting brain waves into sound, even non-specialists can detect “silent seizures” – epileptic seizures without the convulsions most of us expect. When a doctor or nurse suspects something is wrong with a patient’s heart, there’s a simple way to check: put a stethoscope over the heart and listen to the sounds it makes. Doctors and nurses can use the same diagnostic tool to figure out what’s g...

Can MRI Brain Scans Help Us Understand Epilepsy?

A massive meta-analysis of global MRI imaging data on epilepsy patients seeks to clarify a complicated and mysterious neurological disorder. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by seizures, which can vary from mild and almost undetectable to severe, featuring vigorous shaking. Almost 40 million people worldwide are affected by epilepsy. Epileptic seizures are caused by an abnormally ...

What is Status Epilepticus?

Status epilepticus (SE) is an extremely serious and often fatal medical emergency. It may be defined as a continuous seizure which lasts for 30 minutes or more, or as 2 or more seizure episodes without the patient recovering full consciousness in between any 2 episodes.   It is thought to be due to the lack of efficacy of GABA-ergic activity which is typically responsible for terminating abno...

‘Missing mutation’ found in severe infant epilepsy

CHOP Researchers: Findings may pave way for early protective treatments Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia   Researchers have discovered a “missing mutation” in severe infant epilepsy–long-suspected genetic changes that might trigger overactive, brain-damaging electrical signaling leading to seizures They also found early indications that specific anti-seizure medicat...

New Direction for Precision Medicine in Epilepsy

Novel analysis of underlying biology of genes that cause infantile spasms finds distinct features, opening new avenues for developing targeted treatments   In a new approach to precision medicine research, scientists used bioinformatics tools to identify common features of genes associated with infantile spasms compared to other forms of early life epilepsy. Their analysis, published in PLOS ...

KASU Don finds cure for epilepsy, mental disorder?

Kaduna State University (KASU) Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Ben Chindo, has discovered herbal cure for epilepsy, and a kind of mental disorder known as schizophrenia. The KASU Don, who is also the dean of KASU’s School of Pharmaceutical Studies, announced the breakthrough at the university’s 2nd Professorial Inaugural Lecture on Friday.

Mid-Buchanan School faces discrimination lawsuit of student with epilepsy being bullied

  A lawsuit against the Mid-Buchanan R-V School District alleging bullying of a student is set to go to trial in 2019.   Filed by the mother of a former elementary school student, the complaint alleges the student was bullied and harassed by a school principal and resource office over the course of the 2015-16 school year.  

Epilepsy Myth

Myth: No medical tests can determine if a child will develop epilepsy in the future.   Truth: This is false. Epilepsy is a nervous system disorder that is seen among many children and young teens. Although epilepsy can be treated with medications, young children with epilepsy are more likely to have a neuro-developmental disorder that creates epilepsy. As such, a recently published study has shown...

5 Overlooked Side Effects Of Absence Epilepsy

“The silent seizure.” Even as a person with epilepsy, I automatically associate the word whenever I hear it with people who have generalized convulsive epilepsy, which the most commonly recognized seizure disorder. But while convulsive epilepsy is the most commonly recognized, there are so many other types of seizure disorders.   My seizure disorder, for example, is known as absence epi...

Cannabidiol Is Effective Pediatric Add-On for Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy

For pediatric-onset treatment-resistant epilepsy, cannabinoids are effective as an adjunctive treatment for reducing seizure frequency by 50 percent or more, according to a review published online March 6 in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. More effective than placebo for reducing seizure frequency, achieving seizure freedom.

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