Category: "Seizures"

The Long-Term Effects Of Epilepsy Surgery On Memory In Children

The temporal lobes of the brain play a crucial role in memory function; including episodic memory (memory for events) and semantic memory (memory for facts and concepts). In most people the left temporal lobe is the more dominant for verbal memories (involving words), and the right temporal lobe is more dominant for visual memories (involving […]

Tadpole model links epilepsy drug’s effects to chromatin

Valproic acid (VPA), an epilepsy drug that increases the risk of autism, may alter neural circuits by opening up chromatin, a tightly packaged form of DNA in the nucleus. Researchers presented the unpublished data today at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The study looked at the effects of VPA on tadpoles. […]

You are important to people with epilepsy

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month. Epilepsy is a unique condition. Ancient civilizations wrote about it and treated it, and it continues to affect part of our population today. One in 10 people will have at least one seizure at some point in his or her lifetime. This means that everyone knows someone who will or […]

NEW AEDs: Promising Epilepsy Rx from UC-Davis

A new treatment announced this week may offer some hope for severe “super-refractory” epileptic patients who are unable to stop their seizures by other means, according to a report from researchers at UC-Davis. The first clinical use of the experimental new medication showed promising results in the first few patients to receive it, according to […]

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 […]