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Epilepsy Caused by Tapeworm Leading Cause in Developing World

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today said neurocysticercosis – transmitted after consuming undercooked pork or water contaminated by tapeworm eggs – is “the most frequent preventable cause of epilepsy in the developing world.” WHO explained that taeniasis is the intestinal infection of the adult tapeworm and when left untreated, a more serious condition […]

​BREAKTHROUGH: Cure for migraines and epilepsy? Humans control genes in mice with power of thought

Scientists have constructed a device which enables human brainwaves to turn genes in mice on and off, suggesting potential ways of treating epilepsy, migraines, and pain management according to new research. The mind-controlled tool connects a wireless brainwave monitoring headset to an implant in the mouse. The study, published in Nature Communications, a multidisciplinary natural […]

Sage’s Drug For Rare Epilepsy Shows Promise in Small Study

Sage Therapeutics isn’t the company its founders originally intended. Third Rock Ventures started Sage in 2011 to develop drugs for big neurological disorders such as schizophrenia and traumatic brain injury. Along the way, however, the Cambridge, MA-based company decided to focus on rare neurological disorders that could be moved quickly through the clinic. That switch […]

Researchers discover new genetic cause of rare, complex form of epilepsy

A research team led by scientists at the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) has used whole genome sequencing to identify a new genetic cause of a severe, rare and complex form of epilepsy that becomes evident in early childhood and can lead to early death. The researchers found a mutation in the KCNB1 gene after […]

McLean Hospital lab explores use of stem cell therapy to treat epilepsy

McLean Hospital and Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientists have new evidence that stem cell transplantation could be a worthwhile strategy to help persons with epilepsy who do not respond to anti-seizure drugs. As reported in Cell Stem Cell, the laboratory of McLean Associate Neurobiologist Sangmi Chung, PhD, transplanted seizure-inhibiting, human embryonic stem cell-derived neurons into the […]

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