Category: "SUDEP"

Brain ‘Tsunami’ May be Hidden Cause of SUDEP

Brain ‘Tsunami’ May be Hidden Cause of SUDEP

Depolarizing wave may trigger sudden death in epilepsy A slow, depolarizing electrical wave – sometimes called a “brain tsunami” – may be the hidden cause of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, a disorder that kills as many as 4,000 people in the United States each year, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in a […]

Sudden death in epilepsy: Researchers finger possible cause

Sudden death in epilepsy: Researchers finger possible cause

Researchers say that a shutdown in the brain stem may explain sudden death in epilepsy, whose effects on brain waves shown in the picture.  Sudden death, a mysterious and devastating outcome of epilepsy, could result from a brain stem shutdown following a seizure, researchers report today in Science Translational Medicine. Although the idea is still […]

Prone position linked to epilepsy sudden death risk

Prone position linked to epilepsy sudden death risk

Around three-quarters of patients who have a sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) are found lying in the prone position, show meta-analysis findings. The meta-analysis confirms results from previous case series and suggests that SUDEP may have similar mechanisms to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), say James Tao and study co-authors, from The University of […]

SUDEP: Sleeping Position Linked to Risk of SUDEP

SUDEP: Sleeping Position Linked to Risk of SUDEP

Sleeping on your stomach may heighten your risk of sudden death if you have epilepsy, new research suggests. Sudden, unexpected death in epilepsy occurs when an otherwise healthy person dies and “the autopsy shows no clear structural or toxicological cause of death,” said Dr. Daniel Friedman, assistant professor of neurology at NYU Langone Medical Center in […]

Understanding The Brain and Heart Connection, Related to Epilepsy Mortality

Understanding The Brain and Heart Connection, Related to Epilepsy Mortality

Understanding the connection between the brain and the heart and the possible malfunction of cells and mechanisms in the connection may lead to better understanding and prevention of SUDEP and other cardiac symptoms related to epilepsy. ANN ARBOR, Mich. — For children and adults with epilepsy, the possibility of dying suddenly and without warning looms […]

SUDEP: Research Initiative Receives Grant for Furthering Understanding

SUDEP: Research Initiative Receives Grant for Furthering Understanding

Projects build a virtual center for research on death associated with epilepsy Nine groups of scientists will receive funding totaling $5.9 million in 2014 to work together on increasing the understanding of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), the leading cause of death from epilepsy. The consortium becomes the second Center Without Walls, an initiative […]

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