Category: "Neurology"

Better mini brains could help scientists identify treatments for Zika-related brain damage

Better mini brains could help scientists identify treatments for Zika-related brain damage

The team plans to continue using its improved organoids to better understand human brain development and to learn more about autism spectrum disorders, epilepsy and other neurological conditions.   UCLA researchers have developed an improved technique for creating simplified human brain tissue from stem cells. Because these so-called “mini brain organoids” mimic human brains in […]

Medial temporal lobe surgery linked to prevalence of tinnitus (ringing in the ears)

Medial temporal lobe surgery linked to prevalence of tinnitus (ringing in the ears)

Patients with epilepsy undergoing medial temporal lobe (MTL) surgery have increased prevalence of tinnitus (ringing in the ears) compared with controls and participants with self-reported epilepsy (SRE), according to a research letter published online Oct. 9 in JAMA Neurology.   Sébastien Paquette, Ph.D., from the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris in France, and colleagues examined the […]

Cannabidiol benefits and mechanisms shown in mouse study of Dravet syndrome

Cannabidiol benefits and mechanisms shown in mouse study of Dravet syndrome

Treatment with cannabidiol reduces some major symptoms in mice with a genetic condition recapitulating Dravet syndrome, a devastating childhood brain disorder.   Cannabidiol is a non-intoxicating substance among the several active compounds derived from Cannabis plants. This molecule can also be produced synthetically.   The results of its use to treat Dravet syndrome are reported […]

SenTiva Approved for Treatment of Epilepsy

SenTiva Approved for Treatment of Epilepsy

Device billed as smallest, lightest responsive therapy for drug-resistant epilepsy   The SenTiva implantable generator and Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) Therapy Programming System (LivaNova USA) have received FDA approval for the treatment of patients with drug-resistant epilepsy.   SenTiva is the smallest and lightest responsive therapy for epilepsy, LivaNova says. The new VNS Therapy Programming […]

Simulating a brain-cooling treatment that could one day ease epilepsy

Simulating a brain-cooling treatment that could one day ease epilepsy

Using computer simulation techniques, scientists have gained new insights into the mechanism by which lowering the temperature of specific brain regions could potentially treat epileptic seizures. The results are published in PLOS Computational Biology.   About 50 million people worldwide deal with sudden, recurring seizures that are the hallmark of epilepsy. Treatment with medication or […]

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