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‘Still a need’ for epilepsy treatment

Posted 14 Feb 2011 in Brain science; genetics

A leading doctor has stated that there is still a need for new epilepsy treatment drugs to be developed. Prof Dr Iris Leow-Friedrich, chief medical officer for UCB, stated that the company is committed to not only coming up with new ideas for epilepsy treatment, but also to successful partnerships with healthcare professionals to provide patient support. Dr Henrik Klitgaard, read more

Brain science cuts ‘could affect epilepsy research’

Posted 11 Feb 2011 in Brain science; genetics

The future of epilepsy research programmes within the UK may be placed at risk by the government's programme of budget cuts, according to academics. A reduction of £20 million to the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council's neuroscience budget over the next five years is likely to lead to the closure of at least 30 British research groups, reports the read more

New health centre to test for epilepsy in children

Posted 10 Feb 2011 in Epilepsy in children

Parents will be able to access tests for epilepsy in children at a new health centre, which will open in Southport later this year. The Southport Centre for Health and Wellbeing will offer blood testing and clinics for kids to determine whether they have epilepsy or other conditions such as diabetes and asthma. This new facility is aimed at bringing read more

Brain formation study ‘could have impact on epilepsy research’

Posted 10 Feb 2011 in Brain science; genetics

A study being conducted into the formation of the brain could have implications for epilepsy research. Professor Ulrich Mueller from The Scripps Research Institute, along with other scientists, has been looking to a protein called reelin, which they found could affect nerve cell movement. The study, which was published in the journal Neuron yesterday (February 10th 2011), showed that if read more

Epilepsy research shows breastfeeding can reduce seizures

Posted 9 Feb 2011 in Epilepsy in children

Mothers may be able to reduce the number of seizures their children have by giving them breast milk, epilepsy research has shown. Dr Linda Friedman, associate professor of neuroscience at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, spoke to Reuters Health about a study taking place which might show a link between breastfeeding and limiting seizures in children over the age read more

Study into neuron connections ‘could be good news for epilepsy research’

Posted 9 Feb 2011 in Brain science; genetics

A study into the workings of the developing brain could provide a breakthrough for epilepsy research. Dr Peter Scheiffele is leading a group at the Biozentrium of the University of Basel, documenting the removal of nerve connections, stating that this process does not always "prove precise or error-free". They have been using advanced microscopy techniques in the cerebellum, which is read more

Epilepsy research attempting to pre-empt seizures

Posted 8 Feb 2011 in Brain science; genetics

Epilepsy research being conducted is trying to work out whether or not it is possibly to predict when a seizure may occur. Scientists at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center are hoping that if their study is a success, people affected by the condition could take their epilepsy treatment ahead of a seizure and may be able to stop it read more

Epilepsy research looks to recruit women

Posted 7 Feb 2011 in Brain science; genetics

Women are being recruited for a study into epilepsy research which wants to establish why people who are affected by the condition tend to have fewer children than those who are not. Doctors at the North Shore-LIJ Health System's Comprehensive Epilepsy Care Institute have now begun enrolling people for the epilepsy research, which is being conducted in conjunction with New read more

Epilepsy research into brain’s electrical fields published

Posted 7 Feb 2011 in Brain science; genetics

An epilepsy research study looking into how electrical fields in the brain work has been published. Christof Koch, the Lois and Victor Troendle professor of cognitive and behavioural biology and professor of computation and neural systems at the California Institute of Technology worked with neuroscientist Costas Anastassiou for the study, which is in the most recent issue of Nature Neuroscience. read more

Vertex focusing on epilepsy treatment in 2011

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated has revealed it intends to focus on epilepsy treatment over the course of 2011. In its financial statement for 2010, the company stated that it has more than $1 billion (£601 million) in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities. Matthew Emmens, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Vertex Pharmaceuticals, explained that 2011 will see the organisation read more

New watch to be used in epilepsy treatment

Posted 3 Feb 2011 in Other treatments

A new wristwatch has been developed which can be used alongside epilepsy treatment by people who are affected by the condition. The SmartWatch detects when a seizure is about to occur, about ten seconds before it begins. It is hoped that the timepiece can then give a warning for care-givers of the person affected by epilepsy to ensure they are read more

Childhood-onset epilepsy linked to substantial risk of death

Posted 2 Feb 2011 in Living with epilepsy

A new study has come to the conclusion that those who are affected by childhood-onset epilepsy have a substantial risk of dying due to the condition. Research funded by a grant from the Finnish Epilepsy Research Foundation by the departments of paediatric neurology and public health at the University of Turku and Turku University Hospital found that sudden, unexplained death read more

NHS programme looks for epilepsy treatment breakthrough

Posted 1 Feb 2011 in Statistics; treatment in the UK

An NHS programme in the UK is searching for ways to improve its methods of epilepsy treatment. Smart Solutions for Healthcare is aiming to up standards in the cardiovascular and neurological sections of medicine through encouraging fresh innovations in the fields. To achieve this, it is calling for companies and other non-NHS organisations to put forward their ideas for epilepsy read more

Rare surgery used in epilepsy treatment

Posted 1 Feb 2011 in Other treatments

Doctors have carried out a rare surgical procedure on a young girl in a bid to help her future epilepsy treatment. Dev Bhattacharyya, a surgeon who specialises in epilepsy treatment, carried out the operation on three-year-old Eleanor Ashton. The youngster, the offspring of GPs Mark and Natalie Ashton from Barnsley, had previous been affected by the condition particularly badly, with read more

Scientists growing brain cells in epilepsy research

Posted 31 Jan 2011 in Brain science; genetics

New Zealand scientists are currently growing test-ready cells from donated brains as part of epilepsy research. According to TVNZ, the University of Auckland is leading the way with regards to this type of project, which is hoped to also have a positive impact on people with Alzheimer's. Professor Mike Dragunow stated that the work being carried out by the scientists read more

Vitamin B2 ‘aids epilepsy treatment’

Posted 31 Jan 2011 in Other treatments

Vitamin B2 has been cited as being beneficial as part of epilepsy treatment. According to a report by, the vitamin is "essential" for metabolism, growth and general good health, while it can also be used to treat a wide range of different conditions, such as epilepsy. The article pointed out that Vitamin B2 is contained in products such as read more

Questions raised about epilepsy treatment standards

Posted 28 Jan 2011 in Other treatments

The necessity of a new set of guidelines relating to epilepsy treatment has been questioned. According to Andrew N Wilner, writing for Medscape Today, the American Academy of Neurology's (AAN's) recently published list of eight epilepsy quality measures are not needed as all doctors already adhere to them. "If there is no evidence that neurologists are not providing good epilepsy read more

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