Category: "Research"

Brain implant shows promise for stopping seizures

Brain implant shows promise for stopping seizures

There may be new hope for people who suffer from epilepsy. A recent study has shown that an experimental implant reduces seizures in epileptic rats by 93 percent, and that the effects remain after the device has been removed.   The study was conducted by a team led by Asst. Prof. Giovanna Paolone, of Italy’s […]

Russian scientists have found the key factor of epileptic seizures

Russian scientists have found the key factor of epileptic seizures

The key factor leading to epileptic seizures in rats has been identified by Russian scientists who investigated the complex interaction of neural signals. The scientists studied the complex changes in the temporal lobe cortex of a rat brain during prolonged epileptic seizes to identify the key factor leading to the seizures. The work has been published in Frontiers […]

Genetic study of epilepsy points to potential new therapies

Genetic study of epilepsy points to potential new therapies

The largest study of its kind, led by international researchers including scientists at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), has discovered 11 new genes associated with epilepsy.   The research is published in today’s issue of Nature Communications. It greatly advances knowledge of the underlying biological causes of epilepsy and may inform the development of […]

Scientists solve century-old neuroscience mystery—answers may lead to epilepsy treatment

Scientists solve century-old neuroscience mystery—answers may lead to epilepsy treatment

Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have solved a 125-year-old mystery of the brain, and, in the process, uncovered a potential treatment for acquired epilepsy. Since 1893, scientists have known about enigmatic structures called perineuronal nets wrapped around neurons, but the function of the nets remained elusive. Now, a research team led by […]

The Role Of Autoantibodies In Epilepsy

The Role Of Autoantibodies In Epilepsy

The immune system normally protects a person from infections by making specialised agents called antibodies which normally recognise “foreign targets” and destroy them. Doctors utilise this function through vaccinations, which are used for immunization. Sometimes, the immune system can become “over-excited” and instead of attacking foreign bodies it attacks its own tissues, causing a disease, […]

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