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A dietary supplement dampens the brain hyperexcitability seen in seizures or epilepsy

A dietary supplement dampens the brain hyperexcitability seen in seizures or epilepsy

Seizure disorders — including epilepsy — are associated with pathological hyperexcitability in brain neurons. Unfortunately, there are limited available treatments that can prevent this hyperexcitability. However, University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers have found that inducing a biochemical alteration in brain proteins via the dietary supplement glucosamine was able to rapidly dampen that pathological hyperexcitability […]

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 […]

Marijuana and ‘spice’ could trigger seizures, study says

Marijuana and ‘spice’ could trigger seizures, study says

While a number of studies have suggested that marijuana may be effective for reducing seizures, new research cautions that potent and synthetic forms of the drug have the opposite effect.  Researchers from the University of Tsukuba in Japan found that natural tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the psychoactive chemical in marijuana – and the synthetic cannabinoid JWH-018 caused […]

Goal of new tissue-chip research is to assess efficacy of novel epilepsy drugs

Goal of new tissue-chip research is to assess efficacy of novel epilepsy drugs

An interdisciplinary team of Vanderbilt University researchers has received a two-year, $2-million federal grant to develop an “organ-on-chip” model for two genetic forms of epilepsy. These disorders affect both brain and heart and improved modeling could lead to new drug treatments.   The project led by John Wikswo, A.B. Learned Professor of Living State Physics […]

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