Category: "Research"

Epilepsy drug may reverse memory loss of potential Alzheimer’s patients

Epilepsy drug may reverse memory loss of potential Alzheimer’s patients

A common epilepsy drug may reverse a condition that impairs memory in elderly patients and increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, suggests a study published this week in the journal NeuroImage: Clinical. The drug, atypical antiepileptic levetiracetam, reduced over-activity in the brains of patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI), a condition marked by […]

European scientists identify gene linked with certain types of early-onset epilepsy

European scientists identify gene linked with certain types of early-onset epilepsy

Treatment may help prevent poor brain development in some cases Certain types of early-onset epilepsy are caused by previously unknown mutations of a potassium channel gene, KCNA2. The mutations disrupt the electrical balance in the brain in two ways. In some patients, the flow of potassium is greatly reduced; while in others, it is raised […]

Understanding How Neurons Shape Memories of Smells

Understanding How Neurons Shape Memories of Smells

In a study that helps to deconstruct how olfaction is encoded in the brain, neuroscientists at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a type of neuron that appears to help tune, amplify and dampen neuronal responses to chemosensory inputs from the nasal cavity. The study, published March 9 in Nature Neuroscience, […]

PRESS RELEASE: Abstract Submission Open for the American Epilepsy Society’s 69th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia

PRESS RELEASE: Abstract Submission Open for the American Epilepsy Society’s 69th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia

Newswise — West Hartford, Conn., March 6, 2015 – The American Epilepsy Society (AES) has announced that abstract submissions for the 2015 Annual Meeting are now open. This year the AES 69th Annual Meeting will be held in Philadelphia, PA at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from December 4-8, 2015. The event is expected to draw […]

Personality and Neurology: Extroverts Might Have More Brain Matter Volume, Study Suggests

Personality and Neurology: Extroverts Might Have More Brain Matter Volume, Study Suggests

Not all extroverts are made the same, and scientists from Brown University have mapped out the differences and similarities in the brain that make “agentic” go-getters and “affiliative” people persons. People-persons are those who thrive on sharing affection and get a charge from being around others. The go-getters are people who can turn on the […]

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Warning Signs.

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Warning Signs.

If you take medication and start feeling flu symptoms and getting a strange rash, it is something to be monitored closely, seek medical attention immediately if the rash persists or grows. Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a rare, serious disorder of your skin and mucous membranes. It’s usually a reaction to a medication or an infection. Often, Stevens-Johnson […]

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