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Myoclonus Epilepsy Associated with Ragged-Red Fibers (MERRF) Diagnosis Discussed by Researchers

Myoclonus Epilepsy Associated with Ragged-Red Fibers (MERRF) Diagnosis Discussed by Researchers

Involuntary muscle twitches, generalized epilepsy, and cerebellar ataxia — these symptoms are typically indicative of a mitochondrial myopathy. Yet with the different types of mitochondrial myopathies, it may be difficult to determine the precise diagnosis for patients affected with these varied symptoms. A group from Universidade Federal do Paraná in Brazil asked the question, “When Should […]

Neural Stem Cell Implants Hold Promise for Treating Epilepsy

Neural Stem Cell Implants Hold Promise for Treating Epilepsy

A team of University of Florida Health researchers has successfully transplanted human stem cells that developed into fully functional neurons in a mouse model, a promising step toward finding new treatments for epilepsy and other neurological disorders. The findings are particularly encouraging for two reasons, said Steven N. Roper, M.D., a neurosurgeon and professor in […]

Courtagen Life Sciences Announced the Launch of rxSEEK™ Epilepsy Drug Metabolism Test for Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders

Courtagen Life Sciences Announced the Launch of rxSEEK™ Epilepsy Drug Metabolism Test for Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders

A Next Generation Sequencing test focused on detection of anti-epileptic drug (AED) compatibilities and interactions for patients receiving treatment for epilepsy or other seizure disorders is being introduced. “Through DNA testing, understanding how a patient is likely to metabolize these drugs helps in choosing the right drug, and the right dose.” Courtagen’s rxSEEK Epilepsy drug […]

Parents share arduous, circuitous journey to get referrals for childhood epilepsy surgery

Parents share arduous, circuitous journey to get referrals for childhood epilepsy surgery

Having a child diagnosed with epilepsy can be a frightening and confusing time. Now, parents share their arduous and “circuitous” journey to get referrals for pediatric epilepsy surgery once their child’s disease stops responding to anti-seizure medications. The UCLA study sheds light on the difficulties parents face obtaining specialty and sub-specialty care for their children […]

Brain ‘Tsunami’ May be Hidden Cause of SUDEP

Brain ‘Tsunami’ May be Hidden Cause of SUDEP

Depolarizing wave may trigger sudden death in epilepsy A slow, depolarizing electrical wave – sometimes called a “brain tsunami” – may be the hidden cause of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, a disorder that kills as many as 4,000 people in the United States each year, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in a […]

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