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New Wristband For Epileptic Seizures Shows Promise

Seizures are often hard to track in children with epilepsy, making it difficult for doctors to optimize their treatment. For parents, the greatest worry is that their child will have a life-threatening seizure in the middle of the night or away from home, unable to get help. And what about when that child goes off to college? “Every parent asks, ‘What can I do to prevent my child from harm?'...

Treatment for Migraine Pain

(Ivanhoe Newswire)– Anyone who has had a migraine knows how painful and disruptive it can be. New research shows that many treatments can help prevent migraines in certain people; however, few people with migraine who are candidates for these preventive treatments actually use them. “Studies show that migraine is under recognized and undertreated,” Stephen D., guideline author, w...

Discovery Of Key Protein Responsible For Controlling Nerve Cell Protection Could Lead To New Therapies For Stroke And Epilepsy

A key protein, which may be activated to protect nerve cells from damage duringheart failure or epileptic seizure, has been found to regulate the transfer of information between nerve cells in the brain. The discovery, made by neuroscientists at the University of Bristol and published in Nature Neuroscience and PNAS, could lead to novel new therapies for stroke and epilepsy. The research team, led...

Brain Surgery For Epilepsy Underutilized

Ten years ago, a landmark clinical trial in Canada demonstrated the unequivocal effectiveness of brain surgeries for treating uncontrolled epilepsy, but since then the procedure has not been widely adopted – in fact, it is dramatically underutilized according to a new study from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). The study, published this month in the journal Neurology, show...

High Prevalence of Major Neurological Disorders in Two Albanian Communities: Results of a Door-to-Door Survey

There are few epidemiological studies on neurological disorders in Albania. Methods: A door-to-door survey was undertaken in two geographical areas (Tirana and Saranda) with different socioeconomic backgrounds. Two random samples of the local population underwent a structured interview to ascertain headache, epilepsy, dementia, parkinsonism, multiple sclerosis, polyneuropathy, stroke and cerebral ...

FDA Puts 16 Drugs on Watch List

April 17, 2012 — The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued its latest quarterly list of drugs to monitor after having identified potential signs of serious risks or new safety information in the agency’s Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS) database during the last 3 months of 2011. The 16 drugs on the list include milnacipran (Savella, Forest Pharmaceuticals), a drug for manag...

Vitamin D’s Brain Benefits May Not Emerge Until Adulthood

April 12, 2012 — Higher serum vitamin D levels do not boost academic performance in childhood, according to new research from the United Kingdom. The null findings from the UK study are in line with 2 other studies using data from the Third US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III), published in 2007and 2011, which found no association between total serum 25-hydoxyvitamin D ...

Epileptic Brain Size Disorder Caused By ‘Brain-Only’ Mutation

Scientists have discovered a mutation limited to brain tissue that causes hemimegalencephaly (HMG), a condition where one half of the brain is enlarged and dysfunctional, leading to intellectual disability and severe epilepsy. The research, published by Cell Press in the April 12 issue of Neuron, has broad significance as a potential model for other complex neuropsychiatric diseases that may also ...

Misdiagnosis Possible Due To Symptoms Linked To Stress, Poor Coping Skills, That Mimic Epilepsy

Based on their clinical experience and observations, a team of Johns Hopkins physicians and psychologists say that more than one-third of the patients admitted to The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s inpatient epilepsy monitoring unit for treatment of intractable seizures have been discovered to have stress-triggered symptoms rather than a true seizure disorder. These patients – returning war ...

Astrocytes could be the key to evolutionary problems, epilepsy treatment, study find!

A certain type of brain cell known as an astrocyte has always been regarded as a cell analogous to a housekeeping cell in the field of neuroscience. UR researchers, however, are discovering that these cells actually perform a much more active role in influencing our brain activity at every moment. This research is being conducted by Neurology Professor Maiken Nedergaards’s lab in the UR Medical Ce...

Immunotherapy Promising for Intractable Epilepsy

Immunotherapy may be effective in treating medically intractable epilepsy in patients with specific clinical and serologic markers, new research suggests. The seizure freedom we saw in our study is better than any antiepileptic drug ever studied. According to investigators a “striking” 67% of patients with daily seizures who were resistant to treatment with 2 or more antiepileptic drug...

Cutting Edge Treatments For Migraines: More Than Just A Headache

We know for many migranes and epilepsy go hand in hand so we at EpilepsyU share this:  (Ivanhoe Newswire) –For some, it’s the feeling of tiny knives being jabbed into their heads. Others describe it as an hours-long, pounding and throbbing. Still for some, it’s a constant pain that even medication can’t relieve. For more than 29 million Americans, migraines are disabling. A 2009 study of med...

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