Category: "Epilepsy"

Pertussis infection in children associated with small increased risk of epilepsy

Pertussis infection in children associated with small increased risk of epilepsy

Although the absolute risk was low, researchers found an increased risk of childhood-onset epilepsy among children in Denmark who had a hospital-diagnosed pertussis infection (whooping cough), compared with the general population, according to a study in the JAMA. Pertussis, an acute respiratory tract infection, is among the most common vaccine-preventable childhood diseases in developed countries.

In Epilepsy, Sleep Apnea Can Be at Play Even When You Least Expect It

Case shows importance of sleep apnea screening in all epileptic patients By Nancy Foldvary-Schaefer, DO, MS Presentation A 25-year-old man presented to Cleveland Clinic’s Epilepsy Center in 2002 with epileptic seizures occurring as frequently as once a day and convulsions occurring about once a week. Diagnosed with epilepsy at age 15, he had never been […]

Sad News – Coach Jerry Kill Retiring

Sad News – Coach Jerry Kill Retiring

While coaching football, Jerry Kill taught us about epilepsy If there’s a guy you could root for in Minnesota sports, it was U of M football coach Jerry Kill, if only to mute the sportswriters who wanted him fired a few years ago when his epilepsy caused him to collapse on the sidelines at several […]

BREAKTHROUGH: Scientists decode central signal switch associated with epileptic seizures

BREAKTHROUGH: Scientists decode central signal switch associated with epileptic seizures

Scientists at the University of Bonn and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) have decoded a central signal cascade associated with epileptic seizures. If the researchers blocked a central switch in epileptic mice, the frequency and severity of the seizures decreased. Using a novel technology, it was possible to observe the processes prior to the […]

Gene May Boost Death Risk for People With Mild Epilepsy

Gene May Boost Death Risk for People With Mild Epilepsy

Researchers say they’ve identified a gene mutation that might increase the risk of sudden death in people with mild epilepsy. The researchers studied a four-generation family with nine members who had epilepsy caused by a mutation of the DEPDC5 gene.  This form of epilepsy is considered mild. But, two of the family members suffered what […]

MS TREATMENT: Study shows promise for developing targeted treatments for multiple sclerosis

MS TREATMENT: Study shows promise for developing targeted treatments for multiple sclerosis

Modern scientific understanding has considered multiple sclerosis (MS) to be a disease controlled by the T cell, a type of white blood cell. Research has shown that in MS, T cells inappropriately attack myelin, the protective layer of fat covering nerves in the central nervous system, exposing them to damage. Emerging studies have also discovered […]

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