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Epilepsy research shows drug combination more effective at protecting brain cells

Posted 10 Dec 2010 in Brain science; genetics

New epilepsy research has shown that a combination of diazepam and a COX-2 inhibitor is more effective at protecting brain cells than a single drug treatment. Staff at the University of Utah School of Medicine conducted a study of the effect NS-398 and a low-dose of diazepam had on decreasing neuronal damage in laboratory animals. A previous study revealed that read more

New epilepsy research aims to reduce seizures in drug resistant patients

Posted 10 Dec 2010 in Other treatments

A new study has been launched which aims to reduce seizure frequency in epilepsy patients who can not be treated with drugs. A group of 70 US doctors are set to test the effectiveness of an investigational treatment in those who still suffer partial-onset seizures despite taking antiepileptic medication. One of the health professionals trialling the therapy, Jay H Harvey, read more

TNS nerve stimulation shown to be safe epilepsy treatment

Posted 9 Dec 2010 in Other treatments

External trigeminal nerve stimulation (TNS) therapy is a safe epilepsy treatment which offers few side effects, according to new research. TNS is considered as an alternative treatment for the condition for those who are resistant to anti-epilepsy drugs, but few tests have been carried out to ascertain its potential health effects. Researchers led by Dr Christopher DeGiorgio, MD, analysed the read more

New epilepsy research shows cryptogenic patients have better health prospects

Posted 9 Dec 2010 in Epilepsy in children

Epilepsy patients who have no known cause for the condition are more likely to have better long-term health prospects, according to new research. Staff at US institution Mayo Clinic analysed data from over 200 children with focal-onset epilepsy. In these patients, seizures are only produced in a particular part of the brain. Each study participant was either categorised as having read more

Early onset of epilepsy linked to sudden death

Posted 8 Dec 2010 in Conditions related to epilepsy

Epilepsy patients who develop the condition early may be at a higher risk of suffering a premature death, according to new research. Members of the Epidemiology Task Force of the International League Against Epilepsy collected data gathered from four published studies to analyse the cause of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). The research analysed factors such as when the read more

AHNP cells could provide ‘effective’ treatment for epilepsy patients

Posted 8 Dec 2010 in Brain science; genetics

Adult human neuronal progenitor cells (AHNPs) could provide an effective treatment for epilepsy, according to new research. Staff at the University of Florida analysed the ability of ANHPs to generate functional neurons which can then integrate with others in the patient's brain. Neuronal progenitors from a 13-year-old epilepsy patient were transplanted into the brains of newborn animals where they were read more

Nerve stimulation therapy shown to improve epilepsy patients’ condition

Posted 7 Dec 2010 in Other treatments

A type of nerve stimulation therapy can reduce epilepsy-related health problems and injuries, according to new research. Staff at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta aimed to find out how vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) can help improve the condition of epilepsy patients who can not be treated with medication alone. Study participants experienced fewer injuries and other health read more

New epilepsy research shows importance of adenosine

Posted 6 Dec 2010 in Other treatments

New epilepsy research has highlighted the key role adenosine plays in the ketogenic diet (KD). Researchers in the US and Sweden analysed the effect the molecule has in reducing the number of seizures in three different groups of mice. The first group had a complete absence of adenosine receptors (A1Rs), while the second were modified to have just 50 per read more

Ketogenic diet shown to be more effective epilepsy treatment than MAD

Posted 6 Dec 2010 in Other treatments

The ketgoenic diet (KD) is a more effective epilepsy treatment than the modified Atkins diet (MAD), according to new research. A study involving four institutions in Denmark, Germany, South Korea and the US aimed to discover whether the high fat, low carbohydrate KD was more effective at reducing seizures than the low carbohydrate MAD. The researchers found that around a read more

Anti-epilepsy drug increases risk of spina bifida in babies

Pregnant women who take a commonly-prescribed anti-epilepsy drug are more than twice as likely to deliver a baby with spina bifida, according to new research. Researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands analysed the link between the condition and the drug carbamazepine in a review involving around 3.8 million babies. The study revealed that women who took carbamazepine read more

US institutions set to begin new epilepsy research following government grant

Posted 1 Dec 2010 in Brain science; genetics

Ten US institutions are set to begin conducting new epilepsy research after they were awarded a share of a $16 million (£10.2 million) government grant. The National Institutes of Health's National Centre for Research Resources division has given the funding to the South Carolina-based colleges and universities to help improve the treatment of a number of diseases. Staff at the read more

Kidney cancer drug shown to reduce seizure frequency

Posted 30 Nov 2010 in Other treatments

A drug used to treat advanced kidney cancer could help reduce the number of seizures suffered by epilepsy patients, according to new research. Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center studied the effect that everolimus, known via the brand name Afinitor, had on the size of a brain tumour in patients with tuberculosis. The findings revealed that participants who also read more

MRI scans could help determine if young epilepsy patients need surgery

Posted 30 Nov 2010 in Epilepsy in children

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are being used to determine if children with epilepsy require surgery, it has been revealed. The Guardian has reported that Great Ormond Street hospital is using functional MRI (fMRI) scans to determine if there are any potential complications which would rule out the possibility of surgery. Furthermore, fMRI can show doctors which part of the read more

New brain implant could improve epilepsy diagnosis

Posted 29 Nov 2010 in Brain science; genetics

A brain implant which can help physicians accurately diagnose the type of seizure an epilepsy patient is suffering from has been created in the US, according to reports. There are various forms of epilepsy and each variation has a tailored treatment method. However, doctors often have difficult diagnosing the specific kind of epilepsy as they can not identify the seizure-type. read more

Depression treatments can improve epilepsy patient’s quality of life

Posted 29 Nov 2010 in Living with epilepsy

Two depression treatments have been found to help improve epilepsy patient's quality of life. Researchers at US-based institution Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found that community-based treatments and online tools can reduce depression symptoms in those affected by epilepsy. CDC's Managing Epilepsy Well Network, which includes a range of representatives from US care organisations, studied the impact read more

New study suggests epilepsy patients can control individual neurons

Posted 26 Nov 2010 in Brain science; genetics

Epilepsy patients can exert control over individual neurons in the brain, according to new research. Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles and the California Institute of Technology have found that participants can both increase the firing rate of selected neurons while simultaneously decreasing the rate of others. Patients' brain activity was measured when they were faced with images read more

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