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Migraine relief: Prediction system may help to prevent pain

New research presents the simulation of a system that predicts the onset of a migraine attack with a remarkably high degree of accuracy. Being able to foresee a migraine can help to relieve or even prevent the pain altogether. The findings may change the lives of those living with migraines’   Migraines are reported to affect over 14 percent of people in the United States, with 1 in 7 a...

New way to prevent injury from falls due to epilepsy!

The challenge most families are faced with in providing fall support to family members during a fall is how best to break the fall altogether.   Currently, most family members don’t have a means of doing so, other than through physical contact.   The problem with physical contact is the contact itself, which can lead to injury due to excessive force or pressure that family members or car...

Duchenne May Affect the Brain Too, Study Contends

Researchers have found that Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients usually have simultaneous neurological disorders or abnormalities, including epilepsy.   Particularly, those who had epilepsy also had the neurodevelopmental condition attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or the neuropsychiatric conditions obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety or sleep disorders.

This Collaboration Will Develop a New Epilepsy Gene Therapy for In-Need Patients

CombiGene and the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult have struck a deal that will move the biotech’s epilepsy therpy towards the clinic.   Swedish biotech CombiGene has combined neuroscience and advances in gene delivery to pioneer and new therapy for epilepsy that has brought down the number of seizures in preclinical studies. The company has joined forces with the UK’s Cell and Gene Therapy (CG...

What to know about complex partial seizures

A complex partial seizure is a type of seizure that arises in one lobe of the brain, rather than the whole brain. The seizure affects people’s awareness and may cause them to lose consciousness.   Complex partial seizures are now more commonly referred to as focal onset impaired awareness seizures or focal impaired awareness seizures.

Are there signs of CTE in the brain tissue of younger people with epilepsy?

Younger adults with difficult-to-treat epilepsy may have early signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in their brain tissue, but it appears to be uncommon, according to a small, preliminary study published in the January 10, 2018, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a rare, degenerative brain diseas...

Epileptic seizures and depression may share a common genetic cause, study suggests

Rutgers and Columbia scientists assessed family histories of epilepsy and depression to find a possible genetic relationship   From the time of Hippocrates, physicians have suspected a link between epilepsy and depression. Now, for the first time, scientists at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Columbia University have found evidence that seizures and mood disorders such as depression may ...

Over 1/3 of New Cases of Epilepsy are Treatment Refractory

More than one-third of patients with newly diagnosed epilepsy do not respond to treatment with antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), according to a study published online in JAMA Neurology. Zhibin Chen, PhD, from the University of Melbourne in Australia, and colleagues conducted a longitudinal observational cohort study to assess long-term outcomes in 1795 patients with newly diagnosed and treated epilepsy....

What are the symptoms of partial (focal onset) seizures? Types, causes, and treatment

A partial seizure is a surge of electrical activity in just one area of the brain. These seizures are also known as focal onset seizures. A focal seizure can happen for a number of different reasons, so determining the underlying cause is the key to proper treatment.   People who suffer from partial seizures or focal onset seizures experience a lot of physical symptoms, including muscle contr...

Monthly brain cycles predict seizures in patients with epilepsy

Implanted electrodes reveal long-term patterns of seizure risk.   University of California San Francisco neurologists have discovered monthly cycles of brain activity linked to seizures in patients with epilepsy. The finding, published online January 8 in Nature Communications, suggests it may soon be possible for clinicians to identify when patients are at highest risk for seizures, allowing...

Can apple cider vinegar cure a headache?

Headaches are a common annoyance for most people. There are numerous claims about the benefits of apple cider vinegar, from improving digestion to helping to treat headaches.   Whether apple cider vinegar is effective for treating headaches is not yet scientifically proven, but it is still praised by many as a natural treatment that can do little harm. In this article, we look at the evidence...

Study: ‘Silent Seizures’ A Clue To Memory Loss In Alzheimer’s Disease

“Silent seizures” deep within the brain may hold a clue as to what causes memory loss in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, and may help one day lead to new treatments for the 5 million Americans who suffer from this debilitating disease.   Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine had observed abnormal, episodic electrical activity in the brains of mice in a previous study, but noticed the r...

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