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EpiFinder, Inc. Announces Analytics Software to Improve Epilepsy Diagnosis and Seizure Events

EpiFinder, Inc., is pleased to announce its proprietary clinical decision analytics software to improve epilepsy syndrome diagnosis and seizure event management at the point-of-care. The early-stage Arizona company provides intelligent analytics and support to doctors, neurologists and healthcare professionals (Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and more) to enhance the lives of patients with epilepsy.

Relief for epilepsy at the scale of a single cell

Date: August 23, 2016 Source: Linköping University Summary: Researchers have developed in collaboration with French colleagues a small device that both detects the initial signal of an epileptic attack and doses a substance that effectively stops it. All this takes place where the signal arises — in an area of size 20chr(‘215’)20 μm known as a ‘neural pixel.’ The bioelectronic neural pixel: Chemical stimulation and electrical sensing at the same site Researchers at Linköping University have developed in collaboration with French colleagues a small device that both detects the initial signal of an epileptic attack and doses a substance that effectively stops it. All this takes place where the signal arises — in an area of size 20×20 μm known as a “n...

New research shows concussion may affect men and women differently

New research suggests concussion may not significantly impair symptoms or cognitive skills for one gender over another, however, women may still experience greater symptoms and poorer cognitive performance at preseason testing. The study released today will be presented at the Sports Concussion Conference in Denver, July 24 to 26, hosted by the American Academy of Neurology, the world’s leading authority on diagnosing and managing sports concussion. The conference will feature the latest scientific advances in diagnosing and treating sports concussion from leading experts in the field. The study involved 148 college athletes from 11 sports at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. All had taken tests of learning and processing along with other measures of the brain’s abilitie...

A Computer Test to Speed Up Neurology Exams

A new computerized exam has been developed that can drastically speed up the amount of time that it takes for a neurologist to identify areas of concern in patients and deliver more accurate diagnoses, and care. The cognition tests can take about 20 minutes up to one hour depending on the number of areas that you wish to evaluate. “What we’ve been up to is trying to digitize, quantify, and objectify aspects of the neurologic exam having to do with patients’ function. For too long we’ve been led by the legacy of Charcot with the physical examination to help us evaluate the impact that patients have from their disease. We use the question, “How are you?” And we use our own perceptions and examination techniques.”

RNS – The “Smart Implant” that Helps Control Epilepsy

Since 2007, Hood had suffered from debilitating seizures that a powerful mix of medications couldn’t control. Hood, 47, is one of the first people in the nation to get a new device implanted in her brain that monitors for signs of seizures and sends impulses directly to the source to quiet the storm. Before undergoing brain surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in April, Hood suffered seizure activity as often as five times a day. Now she experiences two or three auras a month that end before a full seizure begins. “I feel it coming on very faintly and then it stops,” she said. The NeuroPace RNS System is a “smart device” that monitors the brain’s activity, interprets the signals and provides stimulation when needed for patients’ intractable seizures. Th...

A New Candian Study Shows Dramatic Success With CBD Treatment for Epilepsy

PRESS RELEASE: VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A new study from Orrin Devinsky, MD, of the New York University School of Medicine, suggests that Cannabidiol (CBD) may radically reduce seizures in patients with epilepsy. Dr. Devinsky administered cannabidiol to 23 patients with treatment-resistant epilepsy. Thirty-nine percent of the patients saw their seizure rates drop by more than 50%. Four patients (17%) had no seizures for the last month of treatment. Lexaria (CSE:LXX) (OTCQB:LXRP) has acquired 51% of PoViva Corp, an innovative health company developing Cannabidiol (CBD)-infused products. Lexaria may increase its ownership position to 75% at a later date. “Most CBD’s taste awful,” stated Lexaria CEO and Chairman Chris Bunka in an ex...

Top Rated US Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, (pictured above) is the best hospital for neurology and neurosurgery, according to the US News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings for 2014-2015 released today. The Mayo Clinic claimed the top spot this year over Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, which topped last year’s annual ranking but fell to third place behind New York–Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, New York City. Rankings are based largely on objective data on hospital performance, such as patient survival rates and resources like nurse staffing. Each hospital’s reputation, as determined by a survey of physician specialists, is also a factor.

Positive Safety and Efficacy Data Reported for new AED, Epidolex

British biotech GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:GWPH) Tuesday reported positive safety and efficacy data from physicians treating epileptics with its Cannabis derived drug Epidiolex, sending the stock up 16% to 89.82 on the stock market today. But shares gave up some of those gains late on a new stock offering plan. In the efficacy group comprising 27 patients, those taking the drug showed a 44% median overall reduction in seizure frequency over 12 weeks, with 22% showing a 90% reduction and 15% having no seizures at all. In the safety group comprising 62 patients, at least one adverse event was reported in 81% of them, but 80% of those events were mild to moderate. Leerink analyst Joseph Schwartz noted that this study was not placebo-controlled so should be interpreted with caution, but added ...

New smartphone apps ‘detect epilepsy and improve stroke care’

In these modern times, there is practically a smartphone app for all aspects of life. Now, new research has detailed two new apps that could help people detect epileptic seizures and receive better treatment for stroke. The two new studies will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, in April. For the first study that looks at the creation of the epilepsyapp, the research team analyzed 67 people with the condition. They were asked questions about their seizures, and the researchers used the most useful questions and answers that could predict an epileptic seizure in order to create the app. The investigators tested the app on 132 individuals with epilepsy in India and Nepal and compared the results with their doctors’ diagnos...

‘Family glitch’ in health law could be painful!

It could leave up to 500,000 children without coverage and cost some families thousands of dollars. WASHINGTON — A “family glitch” in the 2010 health care law threatens to cost some families thousands of dollars in health insurance costs and leave up to 500,000 children without coverage, insurance and health care analysts say. That’s unless Congress fixes the problem, which seems unlikely given the House’s latest move Friday to strip funding from the Affordable Care Act. Congress defined “affordable” as 9.5% or less of an employee’s household income, mostly to make sure people did not leave their workplace plans for subsidized coverage through the exchanges. But the “error” was that it only applies to the employee — and not his or her f...

OPINION COLUMN: Big Pharma, Special Interests Set Medication Legislation Adrift

Via: The Berkshire Eagle Columnists By Brian Sullivan, Special to The Eagle My politics are to the right. They are so far to the right that there are days I can’t believe I’m left-handed. But I don’t vote the party line, I don’t think that’s right, uh, correct. I’m not possessed of a great political mind, so at the end of the day I’m hoping that common sense prevails, and that the best interest of all involved is served. That’s why the political tale that is Jackie Quetti’s both baffles and infuriates me. It’s why the state of politics leaves citizens bamboozled, when well-meaning politicos can’t take their individual good intentions and coalesce that energy into progressive and positive government. Quetti’s story is a...

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