Category: "Medicine"

Penn Study Finds A Powerful Tool for Studying Epilepsy, Other Brain Disorders

Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine and School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have used graphene — a two-dimensional form of carbon only one atom thick — to fabricate a new type of microelectrode that solves a major problem for investigators looking to understand the intricate circuitry of the brain. […]

SURVEY: Caregivers more aware of SUDEP than patients

Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is concerning and many—even those with seizure disorders—may not be aware of this condition. New research published inEpilepsia, a journal published by Wiley on behalf of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), reports that 76% of caregivers are more likely to have heard of SUDEP compared with 65% of […]

BREAKTHROUGH: Brain Surgery Through the Cheek

For those most severely affected, treating epilepsy means drilling through the skull deep into the brain to destroy the small area where the seizures originate – invasive, dangerous and with a long recovery period. Five years ago, a team of Vanderbilt engineers wondered: Is it possible to address epileptic seizures in a less invasive way? […]

Restrict Valproate, EMA Committee Urges

Another Depakote Warning. The European Medicine Agency (EMA)’s Pharmacovigilance and Risk Assessment Committee has recommended strengthening the restrictions on the use of valproate in women of childbearing age. This is because of the risk for malformations and developmental problems in children exposed to valproate during pregnancy. The committee recommends that valproate not be used to […]

Research Shows Neurons “Fine Tuned” For Electrical Imbalances

Neurons actively ‘fine tune’ for electrical imbalances at the genetic level, MU research finds Neurons are electrically charged cells, located in the nervous system, that interpret and transmit information using electrical and chemical signals. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have determined that individual neurons can react differently to electrical signals at the molecular […]

Empowering Youth With Epilepsy Education!

Why We Should Empower Youth With Epilepsy Education Last spring, I joined my daughter Journey’s fifth grade class as a volunteer on her field trip. I had the pleasure of watching a classmate approach Journey who was taking photos of a museum exhibit. The classmate suggested she turn off the camera flash; he was concerned […]

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