Category: "Memory"

How being upfront about my epilepsy helped my life and career

How being upfront about my epilepsy helped my life and career

At the junction of Sidwell Street in Exeter you would once have found some underground public toilets, half-way between the university and where an old boyfriend of mine lived. I spent a fair amount of time in those loos between 2000 and 2001, between absences and panic attacks, generally attempting to get some semblance of […]

Epilepsy patients to be offered ‘game-changing’ laser therapy in NHS rollout

Epilepsy patients to be offered ‘game-changing’ laser therapy in NHS rollout

Laser interstitial thermal therapy – LITT – targets the part of the brain causing seizures without the need for invasive surgery The NHS will roll out a “game-changing” new laser beam therapy next month to help reduce seizures for patients with epilepsy. The cutting-edge fiber optic laser therapy, known as laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT), targets the part […]

How are epilepsy and dementia linked to Down syndrome?

How are epilepsy and dementia linked to Down syndrome?

Dr Frances Wiseman was awarded an Epilepsy Research Institute Pilot Grant in 2013 to investigate epilepsy in Down syndrome with Alzheimer’s disease. Since then, Dr Wiseman has gone on to receive further funding in this area from Alzheimer’s Research UK and is a UK Dementia Research Institute Program Leader for Animal Models. To mark World […]

How a psychologist supports a unique patient population in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

How a psychologist supports a unique patient population in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

Dr. Sarah Vernon-Scott, Psychologist in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) in Clinical Neurosciences at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), works with a variety of neurology patients, including individuals diagnosed with Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures (PNES). “PNES are events that look like epileptic seizures, but there is none of the correlated brain activity that is seen in […]

New ‘Prosthetic’ Hacks The Brain to Recall Specific Memories

New ‘Prosthetic’ Hacks The Brain to Recall Specific Memories

Neuroscientists have ‘hacked’ the brain’s memory pathways with a new prosthetic system that could help improve the recollection of specific memories. The deep brain technology can’t remind you whether you’ve turned off the oven just yet, but research led by Wake Forest University (WFU) and the University of Southern California (USC) has now shown it […]

People with epilepsy more likely to get Parkinson’s disease

People with epilepsy more likely to get Parkinson’s disease

People with epilepsy are twice as likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than others, according to a study from South Korea. According to the research, 21 in 10,000 people with epilepsy will develop Parkinson’s. This figure was 11 in 10,000 for people without epilepsy. The researchers from Jeonbuk National University Medical School and Hospital studied 10,510 […]

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