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Findings from an Epilepsy Research UK-funded study. 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 read more

This study was funded by Epilepsy Research UK. A type of brain surgery conducted in childhood for medication-resistant epilepsy not only reduces chronic seizures but can protect memory development, a study by a team from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and its research partner the UCL Institute of Child Health (ICH) has found.  Epilepsy surgery is associated with a risk of read more

A new study has demonstrated that vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) can be a beneficial and cost-effective way of treating epilepsy in areas with limited resources. Carried out by Jordan University and published in the medical journal Seizure, the study aimed to evaluate clinical outcomes, quality-adjusted life years, cost-effectiveness and cost utility associated with VNS therapy in children with refractory epilepsy read more

New research from Austria has highlighted the potential benefits that the ketogenic diet can offer to children with Dravet syndrome, a serious form of epilepsy. Conducted at the Medical University Vienna, the study aimed to evaluate both the effectiveness and tolerability of the high-fat, low-carb diet in comparison with various AEDs among 32 children who had been treated at the read more

US researchers have identified a common protein that plays a different role than previously thought in controlling certain cell channels that are involved in the development of epilepsy. Conducted by Johns Hopkins Medicine and published in the medical journal Cell, the new study focused on calmodulin, which has been found to make a previously unknown contribution to the opening and read more

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