Category: "Seizures"

Professor searches to discover link between seizures, autism

Professor searches to discover link between seizures, autism

Dr. Joaquin Lugo, Jr., assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience, received news late January that he earned a prestigious grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the neurological mechanisms that might connect developmental seizures and autism. The $415,000 award, spanning three years, will help Lugo’s research team in discovering the effects of seizures […]

New insight into how the brain performs ‘mental time travel’

New insight into how the brain performs ‘mental time travel’

In Proust’s novel Recollection of Things Past, the distinctive smell of a lemon madeleine launches the narrator on a long, involved reminiscence of his past that fills seven chapters. It is an extreme example of what neuroscientists term “mental time travel” – the recollection of memories so rich in detail regarding the time and place […]

Exposure to Drugs in the Womb Can Cause Neurological Problems

Exposure to Drugs in the Womb Can Cause Neurological Problems

Research suggests that fetal exposure to chemicals or drugs can cause neurological problems. Babies whose mothers take the epilepsy drug valporic acid (VPA) during pregnancy, for example, appear to have an elevated risk of developing an autism spectrum disorder. In a new study, scientists who developed a tadpole model of this exposure directly observed deleterious […]

Ever Had Vivid Memories After Smelling Something?

Ever Had Vivid Memories After Smelling Something?

Vanderbilt scientists shed new light on how the brain executes ‘mental time travel’ In Proust’s novel Recollection of Things Past, the distinctive smell of a lemon madeleine launches the narrator on a long, involved reminiscence of his past that fills seven chapters. It is an extreme example of what neuroscientists term “mental time travel” – […]

CBD EXPLAINED: Study shows how cannabidiol works within cells

CBD EXPLAINED: Study shows how cannabidiol works within cells

A team of Stony Brook University researchers have identified fatty acid binding proteins (FABPs) as intracellular transporters for two ingredients in marijuana, THC and CBD (cannabidiol). The finding, published early online in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, is significant because it helps explain how CBD works within the cells. Recent clinical findings have shown that […]

MS: Stem cell transplants more effective than mitoxantrone drug

MS: Stem cell transplants more effective than mitoxantrone drug

Stem cell transplants may be more effective than the drug mitoxantrone for people with severe cases of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a new study published in the February 11, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study involved 21 people whose disability due to MS had […]

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