Category: "Research"

Single gene linked to host of abnormalities during neurodevelopment

Single gene linked to host of abnormalities during neurodevelopment

Yale researchers have shown that mutations of a gene associated with autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and epilepsy cause some of the same structural and behavioral abnormalities that characterize those neurodevelopmental disorders, they report March 5 in the journal Cell Reports. Whole-genome sequencing has shown that mutations of the TRIO gene, which plays a crucial role in shaping brain […]

Neuroelectrics Announces Positive Results for Treatment of Medication-Resistant Epilepsy Using Starstim™

Neuroelectrics Announces Positive Results for Treatment of Medication-Resistant Epilepsy Using Starstim™

At the recent American Epilepsy Society Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Neuroelectrics Corporation presented positive results from its clinical trial treating patients with drug resistant epilepsy with Starstim™, a device that uses mild electric currents applied on the scalp to calm abnormal activity of the brain. Of the seventeen patients that completed the study, treatment […]

EEG helps scientists predict epileptic seizures minutes in advance

EEG helps scientists predict epileptic seizures minutes in advance

Elizabeth Delacruz can’t crawl or toddle around like most youngsters nearing their second birthday. Photo: Carmen Mejia holds her daughter Elizabeth, who metabolic disorder causes her frequent seizures.  Photo Credit: UT Southwestern A rare metabolic disorder that decimated her mobility has also led to cortical blindness – her brain is unable to process images received […]

Risk Factors for Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Epilepsy, Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures Identified

Risk Factors for Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Epilepsy, Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures Identified

In a cross-sectional study of consecutive patients with epilepsy and psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) who were admitted for inpatient video-electroencephalography monitoring, polysomnography, also called a sleep study, was effective for identifying patients with undiagnosed sleep-disordered breathing (SDB). Factors predictive of moderate to severe SDB in epilepsy include pathologic daytime sleepiness, older age, and a higher body mass index. […]

Targeting epilepsy with cranial electrodes

Targeting epilepsy with cranial electrodes

Stimulating the brain with implanted electrodes is a successful, but very drastic measure. Researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology, Kempenhaeghe, Philips Neuro and Gent University will therefore be working on a method to stimulate the brain using electrodes that are placed on the head rather than inside it. Their goal is to customize treatment for […]

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