Category: "Neurology"

Your Brain “Prunes” its own “Branches”

Your Brain “Prunes” its own “Branches”

Brain cells “prune” circuits in the brain by “eating away” excess synapses We’re born with our brains prewired, but as information comes in from our environment, this circuitry is updated. A study from Boston Children’s Hospital provides a new glimpse of how this happens: Brain cells known as microglia, tuned into the crosstalk between neurons, literally engulf unnecessary connections, […]

Anti-epilepsy drug phenobarbital stunts neuronal growth

Anti-epilepsy drug phenobarbital stunts neuronal growth

Could a Georgetown University Medical Center study of adverse effects of phenobarbital on brain synapses in rat pups help explain cognitive deficits in children treated with the drug after birth? A brain study in infant rats demonstrates that the anti-epilepsy drug phenobarbital stunts neuronal growth, which could prompt new questions about using the first-line drug to treat epilepsy […]

Preventing Autism after early diagnoses of Epilepsy

Preventing Autism after early diagnoses of Epilepsy

BOSTON, May 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Early-life seizures are known to be associated with autism, and studies indicate that about 40 percent of patients with autism also have epilepsy. A study from Boston Children’s Hospital finds a reason for the link, and suggests that an existing drug, already shown to be safe in children, could help prevent autism […]

Preliminary study shows that Topamax does not prevent normal growth in children

Preliminary study shows that Topamax does not prevent normal growth in children

In a report published by the American Academy of Neurology, results were shown from a preliminary study of youngsters who receive Topiramate for partial-onset epilepsy. Unfortunately, there was no control group and there were not enough children in the study for these results to be taken as absolute. By Ed Susman, Contributing Writer, MedPage Today Published: April 30, 2012 Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, […]

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