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Study shows continuous electrical stimulation suppresses seizures in patients with epilepsy

Study shows continuous electrical stimulation suppresses seizures in patients with epilepsy

When surgery and medication don’t help people with epilepsy, electrical stimulation of the brain has been a treatment of last resort. Unfortunately, typical approaches, such as vagal nerve stimulation or responsive nerve stimulation, rarely stop seizures altogether. But a new Mayo Clinic study in JAMA Neurology shows that seizures were suppressed in patients treated with […]

Epilepsy patients more likely to experience increased risk of discrimination than general population

Epilepsy patients more likely to experience increased risk of discrimination than general population

In a recent analysis, people with epilepsy were seven-fold more likely to have reported experiencing discrimination due to health problems than the general population. This risk was greater than other chronic health problems such as diabetes, asthma and migraines. People with epilepsy also had a greater likelihood of experiencing domestic violence and sexual abuse than […]

Researchers discover network of neural regions involved in spread of seizures

Researchers discover network of neural regions involved in spread of seizures

A flurry of coordinated activity in a brain-spanning network of neurons may sound like the formation of a brilliant new idea, but it is actually the description of a seizure. Understanding why and how this synchronization spreads would be a critical tool in treating severe epilepsy. In a study published in Neuron, an interdisciplinary team […]

New study pinpoints individual neurons in the brain that support observational learning

New study pinpoints individual neurons in the brain that support observational learning

Picture a little boy imitating his father shaving in the mirror or a little girl wobbling proudly in her mother’s high heels. From infancy, we learn by watching other people, then use those memories to help us predict outcomes and make decisions in the future. Now a UCLA-Caltech study has pinpointed the individual neurons in […]

Different types of stroke have diverse risk profiles in overweight or obese women

Different types of stroke have diverse risk profiles in overweight or obese women

According to new research, women who are overweight or obese may have an increased risk of the most common kind of stroke, called ischemic stroke, but a decreased risk of a more often deadly stroke, called hemorrhagic stroke. The study is published in the September 7, 2016, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of […]

Surgery can be cost-effective and beneficial for epilepsy patients, study finds

Surgery can be cost-effective and beneficial for epilepsy patients, study finds

Research has shown that surgery can provide important benefits for patients with epilepsy. Now a new study finds that it is also cost-effective. In a study of 207 patients with epilepsy who were treated at 15 different centers in France, the proportion of patients who were completely seizure-free during the last 12 months was 69 […]

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