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NeuroSigma’s Monarch eTNS System to be Unveiled in London

NeuroSigma, Inc., a Los Angeles-based medical device company, announced today that its Monarch™ eTNS™ system for the adjunctive treatment of epilepsy and depression will make its debut at the 10th European Congress on Epileptology, which takes place in London, England from September 30 to October 4, 2012. “This conference represents an outstanding opportunity to put the Monarch in the hands ...

Erasing Epilepsy

CLEVELAND, OH (Ivanhoe Newswire) — 200-thousand people will be diagnosed with epilepsy this year. Neurons fire in the brain—creating a storm of electricity that can spark uncontrollable shaking. Now, advanced tracking and targeting approaches are helping stop the seizures. It can happen anytime, anywhere. Every day, three million Americans fear this will happen. Jeff Martig was one of them. ...

The headset that zaps epilepsy and depression

A small electrical headset that works during sleep could help to treat patients with major depression and severe epilepsy. The device takes the form of two square, sticky pads attached to either side of the forehead, just above a major nerve in the brain. These pads are attached by wires to a small box the size of a mobile phone that sits at the waist. It generates a small electrical pulse that la...

Purple Pumpkins come to Berlin

A father of a 7-year-old son who is diagnosed with epilepsy is raising awareness in town. This year Berlin resident Ron LaMontagne will host the first Purple Pumpkin Project event where families can paint and decorate pumpkins purple for epilepsy and learn about the disease. LaMontagne said the scheduling for the event is to be determined with the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut, but he is hopi...

Scientists Show Biological Mechanism Can Trigger Epileptic Seizures

CINCINNATI, Sept. 19, 2012 Scientists have discovered the first direct evidence that a biological mechanism long suspected in epilepsy is capable of triggering brain seizures – opening the door for studies to seek improved treatments or even preventative therapies. Researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center report Sept. 19 in Neuron that molecular disruptions in small...

LAUNCH OF AMPA RECEPTOR ANTAGONIST FYCOMPA® FOR THE TREATMENT OF EPILEPSY

Europe first region in the world to gain access to this new first-in-class therapy Eisai Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Tokyo, President & CEO: Haruo Naito, “Eisai”) announced today that it will launch the AMPA receptor antagonist Fycompa® (perampanel), a first-in-class antiepileptic agent discovered and developed in-house, in Europe ahead of other regions in the world for use as an adjunctive treat...

Mother brings epilepsy research to forefront

Stand Up for Epilepsy Like Kristine (EpilepsyU) . . . . New parents are often told that having children will change their lives in ways they cannot imagine. In Kristine Binette’s case, not only have her children changed her life, but they have also inspired her to help the community in which they live.

Promise for GW Pharma’s cannabis drug in epilepsy

GW Pharmaceuticals, best known for Sativex, its cannabis-based treatment for the treatment of spasticity due to multiple sclerosis, says it may have come up with a similar compound that could represent a major advance in epilepsy. The UK-based drugmaker noted that one of its partners, the University of Reading, has unveiled promising data from studies on cannabidivarin (CBDV), “a largely ign...

Not all seizures are related to epilepsy

Great article by  Dr. Torooti Mwirigi As I was driving up Argwings Khodek Road one sunny Sunday morning recently, I came across several cars that had stopped by the road side. There was a group of people gathered beside a young man who was on the ground, violently jerking his entire body. Each jerk seemed to lift him off the ground and drop him back down when it stopped.

Golf Tidbits: Klauk’s long road back

During a recent round of golf, one of my playing partners joked about a companion, “When you’re that good, you can take all the time off you want, and still have it when you come back.” That may be true, but I’m not sure it is as easy as he made it seem. Just ask Jeff Klauk. For the first time in 14 months, Klauk is teeing it up this week on the Web.com Tour. In the interim...

On the frontier of medical pot to treat boy’s epilepsy

Topamax. Depakote. Phenobarbital. The list goes on. Before Jayden David turned 5, he had tried a dozen powerful medications to tame a rare form of epilepsy. The side effects were devastating. There were grand mal seizures that lasted more than an hour. Hundreds of times a day, muscle twitches contorted his impish face. “If he wasn’t sleeping, he was seizing,” said Jayden’s ...

Two women reveal how they turned serious illnesses into good opportunities

BEING diagnosed with a long-term illness or condition can be devastating, with a knock-on effect on family relationships, social life and career prospects. Learning to manage ?the condition – whether? it is diabetes, epilepsy, heart disease, chronic fatigue syndrome or perhaps asthma – can ?be difficult and involve much trial and error. However, it is possible ?to have a fulfilling lif...

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