Category: "Treatment"

How a stem cell transplant could help to stop epilepsy seizures

How a stem cell transplant could help to stop epilepsy seizures

A one-off ‘injection’ of stem cells could be an effective treatment for some patients with epilepsy. The treatment is thought to help by increasing production of a brain chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which calms down the electrical activity in the area of the brain that triggers epileptic seizures. The first two patients to have […]

New Brain Target Key to Easing Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy

New Brain Target Key to Easing Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy

Some people with tough-to-treat epilepsy might benefit if doctors target a brain region newly linked to the disorder, a new study suggests. Seizures declined by 83% after a patient underwent surgery that removed almost all of the fasciola cinereum, a previously overlooked region of the hippocampus, researchers report April 17 in the journal Nature Medicine. In practical terms, […]

Children with poor cry at birth, jaundice are predisposed to epilepsy

Children with poor cry at birth, jaundice are predisposed to epilepsy

Dr Joy Alejo, a pediatric neurologist at the University College Hospital that manages children with developmental disorders, epilepsy and neurological diseases says in this interview with SADE OGUNTOLA that epilepsy is not a spiritual or mysterious condition, but a medical one that is curable under certain conditions, and its treatment must be prompt to arrest limitations […]

Long-term Outcomes of Laser Ablation Therapy for Drug-Resistant Epilepsy

Long-term Outcomes of Laser Ablation Therapy for Drug-Resistant Epilepsy

NewYork-Presbyterian has long been a leader in the development of laser ablation techniques to eliminate dysfunctional or diseased brain tissue. Building on that history, Brett Youngerman, MD, a neurosurgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia, is actively exploring the efficacy of laser ablation in treating drug-resistant epilepsy. “At NewYork-Presbyterian, we’re at the forefront of developing laser ablation techniques and technology, […]

How are epilepsy and dementia linked to Down syndrome?

How are epilepsy and dementia linked to Down syndrome?

Dr Frances Wiseman was awarded an Epilepsy Research Institute Pilot Grant in 2013 to investigate epilepsy in Down syndrome with Alzheimer’s disease. Since then, Dr Wiseman has gone on to receive further funding in this area from Alzheimer’s Research UK and is a UK Dementia Research Institute Program Leader for Animal Models. To mark World […]

US patient ‘happy again’ after brain implant treats epilepsy and OCD

US patient ‘happy again’ after brain implant treats epilepsy and OCD

American Amber Pearson used to wash her hands until they bled, terrified by the idea of contamination from everyday items, a debilitating result of her obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). But the repetitive rituals of her condition are largely consigned to memory, thanks to a revolutionary brain implant that is being used to treat both her […]

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