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Not only a U.S. Problem – Call to assist pupils with epilepsy

August 24 2011 at 09:00am A LIMPOPO charity has called on the government to support and better train teachers to reduce the dropout rate among epileptic school-going children. Epilepsy is a disease characterised by the recurrence of seizures. It is estimated that four out 100 people will have a single seizure in their lifetime, but people are usually considered to have epilepsy after having two or...

Possible epilepsy trigger point identified!

Stanford researchers find defect that sets off common childhood seizures A brain-circuit defect that triggers the most common form of childhood epilepsy has been identified by Stanford University School of Medicine researchers.The researchers showed for the first time how defective signaling between two key brain areas — the cerebral cortex and the thalamus — can produce in mice the br...

UPDATE: Author’s Letter to EpilepsyU – New Book, ‘Orchestra in Our Brains” Parents May Want To Look At

A few weeks ago, EpilepsyU published a story about a new children’s book,  “Orchestra in Our Brains”. We recently received a letter from the author with some of her thoughts on the book, more information about it’s publication and availability and even a thank you for article we posted. Below is her letter to Chuck Carmen, and below that is the original article we published...

New Non-Invasive Magnetic Coil Applying Deep Brain

The Epilepsy Therapy Project (ETP) and the Epilepsy Foundation (EF) announced today a New Therapy Grant to potentially help those with treatment resistant epilepsy. This grant was awarded to Alexander Rotenberg, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Neurology, Children’s Hospital Boston, and will support a clinical study to evaluate the repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) H-Coi...

New Antidepressants Can Increase Risks for Elderly

Older people taking new generation antidepressants are at more risk of dying or suffering from a range of serious health conditions including stroke, falls, fractures and epilepsy, suggests a new study involving researchers at The University of Nottingham. The research, published on the British Medical Journal website, discovered that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are more strong...

Study Shows No Link To Birth Defects With Trileptal and Lamictal

Researchers from Denmark say they have failed to find a link between major birth defects and the use of some newer epilepsy drugs, including Lamictal and Trileptal. The study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found no association between the two antiseizure medications and birth defects.  This may mean that Lamictal and Trileptal could be safer alternatives ...

Fast Ripples Confirmed To Be Valuable Biomarker Of Area Responsible For Seizure Activity In Children

New research focusing on high-frequency oscillations, termed ripples and fast ripples, recorded by intracranial electroencephalography (EEG), may provide an important marker for the localization of the brain region responsible for seizure activity. According to the study now available in Epilepsia, a journal of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), the resection of brain regions contai...

Epilepsy Phenome/Genome Project Looking for Volunteers.

The Epilepsy Phenome/Genome Project (EPGP) is ooking for Volunteers to determine if epilepsy is genetic.  They are looking for families who have sibling pairs with epilepsy or parent/child pairs with epilepsy. 

Discovering A Better Approach To Diagnosing Epilepsy

Using state-of-the-art, 7 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology, University of Minnesota Medical School researchers may have uncovered a better approach to diagnosing and treating epilepsy. “There is huge potential here to improve patient care through improved approaches to magnetic resonance imaging,” said Dr. Thomas Henry. University of Minnesota Physician neurologist. “When yo...

Mechanisms of Childhood Epilepsy Better Understood by A Gene Discovery in Truffle Dogs

Scientists have revealed that a new epilepsy gene, LGI2, has been found in the Lagotto Romagnolo dogs, known from their gift for truffle hunting. The gene discovery made by Professor Hannes Lohi and his research group at the University of Helsinki and the Folkhälsan Research Center offers a new candidate gene for human benign childhood epilepsies characterized by seizure remission. The research w...

New Dog Gene May Shed Light on Childhood Epilepsy

FRIDAY, July 29 (HealthDay News) — An epilepsy gene, called LGI2, has been found in Lagotto Romagnolos — a specific breed of dog known for truffle hunting, according to a new study. Researchers say the newly identified gene has enabled the development of a DNA test for these dogs. The gene discovery is also significant for humans, providing new perspective on the development of a child...

Truth and lies about the Sacred Disease

This illness has many names: “divine,” “sacred,” “demonic,” “Moon,” “bad,” “black sickness”, “shakes”, “grievous suffering,” “punishment of Christ.” It is unparalleled in terms of myths surrounding it. Which of them are true and which are false? Myth #1 Epilepsy is a mental illness that shou...

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