Category: "Epilepsy"

New study explores reliability of optogenetics as method of intervention of temporal lobe seizures

Optogenetics is one of the hottest tools in biomedical research today, a method that uses gene therapy to deliver light-sensitive proteins into specific cells. This new tool allows researchers to interact with a single cell or a network of cells with exquisite precision. Whereas imaging and other technologies allow researchers to watch the brain in […]

DRIVING: Epilepsy and Driving Regulations Explored in Three Studies at AES Annual Meeting

Newswise — SEATTLE, December 7, 2014 – People with epilepsy often struggle with limited independence due to state and federal driving restrictions. Three studies to be presented at the American Epilepsy Society’s (AES) 68th Annual Meeting analyze potential factors that impair driving in people with epilepsy and in people who experience “seizure-like” non-epileptic events. The […]


From May 20 to September 1 2014, Epilepsia conducted an online survey seeking opinions about the use of medical marijuana and cannabidiol (CBD) for people with epilepsy A MINORITY 48% of Specialists (Neurologists and Epileptologists) would recommend using medical marijuana in severe cases of epilepsy and an even smaller amount said that there was enough […]

AUTISM: Advancements in Understanding in 2014

Not long ago, Autism was a complete mystery and patients were often mis-diagnosed with other disorders and treated with unacceptable means. We now know that “Autism” it is a complex mixture of symptoms caused by a complex mixture of factors. Both Genetic and environmental factors contribute to a diagnosis of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). The […]

Helping patients cope with epilepsy and seizures

Over two million Americans are currently living with epilepsy — including celebrity musicians Lil Wayne, Neil Young, and Prince. “There are many causes of epilepsy, which is an enduring predisposition to having a seizure,” says Marcuse. “Seizures are caused by abnormal electrical activity of the brain, which can cause the typical seizure with falling down, […]

‘Landmark’ study confirms cause of epilepsy related to mortality risk

By Eleanor McDermid, Senior medwireNews Reporter A “landmark” meta-analysis confirms the increased mortality risk in patients who have symptomatic or cryptogenic epilepsy. The study by Olli Nevalainen (University of Tampere, Finland) and colleagues included data for 165,879 patients from 38 epilepsy cohorts studied over the past 40 years, the majority (79.6%) of whom were from […]