Young people with epilepsy significantly more at risk of injury
Monday, April 14, 2014 · Posted by The University of Nottingham
The authors say that doctors and other healthcare professionals can use the findings of the research to make children and young adults diagnosed with epilepsy, and their parents, more aware of the risk of injury and to inform existing guidelines on treatment. In particular, they cite the need for more information relating to the safe storage of medicines and the supervision of children while taking their medication to be given by doctors at the time of prescribing and by pharmacists when dispensing prescriptions.
Penn Study in Fruit Flies Shows that Epilepsy Drug Target May Have Implications for Brain Disorder Sleep Disruption
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 · Posted by University of Pennsylvania
The findings shed light on mechanisms that may be shared between sleep disruption and some neurological disorders. A better understanding of this connection could enable treatments that target both types of symptoms and perhaps provide better therapeutic efficacy.
Critical role of one gene to our brain development
Friday, March 14, 2014 · Posted by The University of Adelaide
By looking at patients with severe learning and memory problems, we discovered a gene – called USP9X – that is involved in creating this base network of nerve cells. USP9X controls both the initial generation of the nerve cells from stem cells, and also their ability to connect with one another and form the proper networks.
Study suggests potential association between soy formula and seizures in children with autism
Thursday, March 13, 2014 · Posted by University of Wisconsin, Madison
The new study showed that children with autism who were fed soy formula had 2.6 times as many febrile seizures as the children fed non-soy formula in the database. That means 4.2 percent of the soy group had a seizure associated with a fever, compared to 1.6 percent of the others.
A new cell type is implicated in epilepsy caused by traumatic brain injury
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 · Posted by Tufts University
A new study in mice identifies increased levels of a specific neurotransmitter as a contributing factor connecting traumatic brain injury (TBI) to post-traumatic epilepsy. The findings suggest that damage to brain cells called interneurons disrupts neurotransmitter levels and plays a role in the development of epilepsy after a traumatic brain injury.
Scientists from Penn and CHOP Confirm Link Between Missing DNA and Birth Defects
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 · Posted by The University of Pennsylvania
Wang and colleagues plan to continue studying four genes to determine which lead to the developmental problems such as cleft palate and epilepsy when they are missing. The information gained from this and future studies could inform prenatal testing.
Detecting, Testing, Treating Rare Diseases: Technology Delivers New Era of Personalization
Monday, March 10, 2014 · Posted by Cedars-Sinai
A team of researchers from the National Institutes of Health, Emory University and Cedars-Sinai – specialists in identifying and treating very rare diseases – used three innovative tools to detect a previously unknown gene mutation, test potential therapies in the lab, and initiate personalized drug treatment for a boy with a lifelong history of uncontrollable seizures that caused significant impact on his cognitive and social development.
The Brain Observatory
Thursday, January 30, 2014 · Posted by Lindsey Wiltse, Communications and Program Coordinator
The Brain Observatory was founded by Dr. Jacopo Annese at the University of California, San Diego in 2005. After receiving the postmortem brain of H.M. for examination the Brain Observatory came to house the Digital Brain Project Library.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 · Posted by Lindsey Wiltse, Communications and Program Coordinator
The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (the Neuro) is an academic medical center dedicated to neuroscience. The Neuro has been recognized for its epilepsy research and treatment.
Good outcomes with staged surgery for epilepsy in children
Monday, January 27, 2014 · Posted by Wolters Kluwer Health
A staged approach to epilepsy surgery—with invasive brain monitoring followed by surgery in a single hospital stay—is a safe and beneficial approach to treatment for complex cases of epilepsy in children.