Researchers at Mayo Clinic were awarded a $6.8 million, five-year federal grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop intelligent devices to track and treat abnormal brain activity in people with epilepsy. The grant, part of a presidential initiative aimed at revolutionizing the understanding of the human brain, is called Brain Research Through […]
Short-term mindfulness-based therapy significantly improves quality of life and reduces anxiety and seizures in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy, researchers in Hong Kong report. Their new study shows that patients with epilepsy receiving mindfulness therapy in addition to information and education fared better than those who received only social support.
A new Yale co-authored study suggests that experiencing warning signs before seizures may not contribute to an epileptic individual’s driving safety. Yale researchers found that people with uncontrolled seizures who experienced “auras”- — reliable warning signs before a seizure — had motor vehicle accidents just as often as those who did not have auras. The […]
Within the brain, some neurons fire off hundreds of signals per second, and after ramping up for such a barrage, they need to relax and reset. A particular type of ion channel helps bring them down, ensuring these cells don’t get overstimulated—a state that potentially can lead to severe epileptic seizures, among other problems. New […]
Clinicians should actively search for anteroinferior encephaloceles in patients with treatment-refractory epilepsy, say researchers. Reporting in Neurology, Ritva Vanninen (Kuopio University Hospital, Finland) and team details a large series, of 23 patients, in whom this was the underlying cause. In a linked editorial, Jamie Van Gompel (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA) and John Miller (University […]
Drug-resistant disease yields to thought training Mindfulness-based therapy (MT) and social support (SS) improved quality of life (QOL) in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy more than social support alone, according to a randomized controlled trial. Following intervention, both the MT and SS groups had an improved total Patient-Weighted Quality of Life in Epilepsy Inventory (QOLIE-31-P), with […]