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New brain technique to lead to epilepsy treatment

Posted 28 Jan 2011 in Brain science; genetics

Epilepsy treatment could be improved as a direct result of a new technique which has been discovered by neurologists looking at the brain. According to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard, Boston University and Tufts University, a new way to selectively activate neurons in the brain with light has been developed, with the technique also able to read more

Epilepsy patient numbers predicted to rise

Posted 26 Jan 2011 in Statistics; treatment in the UK

A study has predicted that the number of people who are affected by epilepsy is set to rise in the future. According to Loyola University Health System neurologists Dr Jose Biller and Dr Michael Schneck, in a report published in a January 2011 article in the journal Frontiers in Neurology, more people will also suffer from dementia and Parkinson's disease. read more

Findings could lead to new epilepsy treatment

Posted 26 Jan 2011 in Brain science; genetics

New epilepsy treatment drugs could be developed as a result of the findings of a new study. Researchers at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary claim to have discovered a new mechanism that nerve cells use to fine-tune their electrical output. It is believed that the finding by doctors including Gerald Zamponi, read more

Chopin ‘believed to have had epilepsy’

Posted 25 Jan 2011 in Living with epilepsy

One of the most famous composers of classical music of all time may have been affected by epilepsy, according to new research. Frederic Chopin's regular hallucinations may have been caused by the condition, the study, published in journal Medical Humanities, suggests. Dr Manuel Varquez Caruncho and his team stated that they cannot make a diagnosis for certain as they are read more

Schoolchildren given epilepsy information

Posted 19 Jan 2011 in Epilepsy in children

Epilepsy information is to be given to schoolchildren in a bid for awareness of the condition to be spread wider. The Epilepsy Support Centre in London in Ontario has launched the Brain Matters scheme, which will see biology students learn more about epilepsy, which affects as many as 300,000 people in Canada. Suzanne Nurse, the education liaison at the Epilepsy read more

Positron emission tomography ‘is a positive strand of epilepsy research’

Posted 18 Jan 2011 in Brain science; genetics

Positron emission tomography has won praise from a doctor for being one of the more promising strands of epilepsy research. According to Dr Lily Sanvee, magneto encephalography is another form of epilepsy research which is helping physicians to diagnose the condition earlier, as well as pinpointing the exact locations seizures occur. Speaking to the Daily Observer, she stated that the read more

Diary app launched to help with epilepsy treatment

Posted 17 Jan 2011 in Living with epilepsy

Epilepsy treatment has received a boost with the launch of a new smartphone app which has been designed to be used by patients. The Epilepsy Therapy Project Clinical Organizer, which is available for free, runs on the Android operating system and has been created in order to improve relations between people affected by epilepsy and their doctors. Warren Lammert, chairman read more

New microscope could be used for epilepsy research

Posted 12 Jan 2011 in Brain science; genetics

Epilepsy research could be boosted by the development of a new microscope which can be used to examine cells in the brain. The University of California, Los Angeles Department of Neurology has come up with the technology, which is capable of recording the ways in which neutrons in the brain react with each other. UCLA assistant professor of neurology and read more

NICE to develop new standards for epilepsy treatment

Posted 12 Jan 2011 in Statistics; treatment in the UK

New standards for epilepsy treatment in the UK are to be developed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). The move comes as part of a drive by the organisation to lay out new standards in quality across 31 areas, which include asthma, diabetes in children and lung cancer. Dr Fergus Macbeth, Centre for Clinical Practice director read more

Delayed birth could lead to epilepsy, study finds

Posted 11 Jan 2011 in Epilepsy in children

Brain complications such as epilepsy could occur if births are delayed, according to the findings of a new study. The research, which is published in the most recent issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, shows that babies who are born late are more likely to suffer from neurological conditions than those who are on time. It also read more

Signalling molecules link ‘could lead to epilepsy treatment’

Posted 10 Jan 2011 in Other treatments

Future epilepsy treatments could be created following the publication of new research which has found a link between signalling molecules. Senior author Dr Mark Shapiro, professor of physiology at the Health Science Center, stated that as well as epilepsy treatments, stroke patients could also benefit from the findings of the study – which was published in the issue of the read more

Scientists honoured for epilepsy research

Posted 7 Jan 2011 in Brain science; genetics

The recent meeting of the American Epilepsy Society (AES) saw Dr Douglas Coulter and Dr Tracy Glauser formally recognised for their significant contributions to epilepsy research. Dr Coulter received the organisation's epilepsy research recognition award for basic science after he helped to identify a transcription factor in the brain that could be a catalyst for recurrent seizures, Medscape reports. "We read more

Brain development study ‘could have impact on epilepsy research’

Posted 7 Jan 2011 in Brain science; genetics

Work by scientists at Newcastle University on brain cell development could have implications for epilepsy research, according to the institution. Researchers found that brain cells need to create links with each other at an early stage to ensure successful connections across the brain throughout a person's life. When nerve cells develop close together, they form a link that later becomes read more

Researcher links epilepsy with higher mortality rate

Posted 6 Jan 2011 in Living with epilepsy

New epilepsy research has indicated that people diagnosed with the condition face a greater risk of death from any cause. Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society, Danish neurologist Dr Jakob Christensen said the mortality rate is highest among patients diagnosed with epilepsy in the first year of life. His study was based on a large cohort read more

Epilepsy research examines impact of maternal depression

Posted 6 Jan 2011 in Epilepsy in children

A new study of epilepsy in children and maternal depression has attempted to trace the impact of the latter condition on young patients. Canadian researchers found that the prevalence of depression in mothers ranged from 30 to 38 per cent in the 24 months following their child's diagnosis with epilepsy. Depressive symptoms were found to have a negative influence on read more

Ireland to boost epilepsy treatment with expert nurses

Posted 5 Jan 2011 in Statistics; treatment in the UK

The Health Service Executive (HSE) in Ireland has announced plans to improve epilepsy treatment at local level by hiring specialist nurses. Despite the recruitment embargo currently in place across the public healthcare provider, nurses with expert knowledge of the condition will be appointed to boost services in the community for epilepsy patients, the Irish Times reports. Between eight and ten read more

Epilepsy research data ‘not good enough’

Posted 4 Jan 2011 in Statistics; treatment in the UK

A leading medical expert has said the standard of data used for epilepsy research in the US must be improved. Edwin Trevathan, dean of the St Louis University School of Public Health and a member of the Neurology editorial board, said he believes epilepsy surveillance in the country is "almost nonexistent". He made his comments as a new study published read more

PET scans useful for fever-induced epilepsy research, says study

Posted 4 Jan 2011 in Epilepsy in children

New research has indicated that positron emission tomography (PET) scans could provide useful insights for the study of fever-induced refractory epileptic encephalopathy in school-age children (FIRES). Published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine, the study looked at eight patients diagnosed with FIRES and gave them a neuropsychologic evaluation, a brain MRI and a PET scan. The researchers found that the read more

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