Category: "Research"

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 […]

VTT develops innovative magnetometer for applications such as medical imaging

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed an innovative magnetometer that can replace conventional technology in applications such as neuro-imaging, mineral exploration and molecular diagnostics. Its manufacturing costs are between 70 and 80 per cent lower than those of traditional technology, and the device is not as sensitive to external magnetic fields as its […]

PRESS RELEASE: Epilepsy Research Opens a Window to the Brain

Cool Science and New Discoveries Highlighted During Epilepsy Awareness Month Newswise — West Hartford, Conn., November 5, 2014 — Rapidly emerging technologies, novel imaging techniques, the development of new therapies and new genes, have given researchers and clinicians an extraordinary ability to explore the brain at the cellular, genetic and neural levels. While current epilepsy […]

Slowly But Surely, Seizure Therapy Gets Personalized

I saw a woman many years ago in the hospital with fever, lymphadenopathy, and liver function abnormalities associated with phenytoin. Her case has stuck with me, probably because her EEG/video monitoring demonstrated nonepileptic seizures and not epilepsy. She suffered from a serious complication of phenytoin, a drug she didn’t even need! Of all the antiepileptic […]

Granger Causality Test Can Make Epilepsy Surgery More Effective

Newswise — ATLANTA—A new statistical test that looks at the patterns of high-frequency network activity flow from brain signals can help doctors pinpoint the exact location of seizures occurring in the brain and make surgery more effective, according to researchers at Georgia State University and Emory University School of Medicine. The findings are published in […]

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