Epilepsy & Seizures News

Sep 13, 2017
Systems analysis points to links between Toxoplasma infection and common brain diseases
Infection with Toxoplasma gondii may alter, and in some cases amplify, several brain disorders, including epilepsy, Alzheimer and Parkinson diseases as well as some cancers.
Sep 12, 2017
Brain activity between seizures informs potential treatment for childhood absence epilepsy
Mouse model of childhood absence epilepsy shows brain activity is perturbed between seizures, leading researchers to speculate that this could underlie cognitive problems of the disease.
Aug 03, 2017
Most newborns with epilepsy benefit from genetic testing
Research published in Neurology analyzed data from the Neonatal Seizure Registry that includes enrollees from 7 children's hospitals. It found that most newborns with epilepsy would benefit from genetic testing because the majority of cases are linked to identifiable genetic causes.
May 18, 2017
Researchers connect brain blood vessel lesions to intestinal bacteria
A study in mice and humans suggests that bacteria in the gut can influence the structure of the brain's blood vessels, and may be responsible for producing cerebral cavernous malformations that can lead to stroke or epilepsy.
Apr 11, 2017
Study finds genetic basis for drug response in childhood absence epilepsy
A new study in the Annals of Neurology has identified the genes that may underlie the difference in treatment outcomes in childhood absence epilepsy (CAE), suggesting there may be potential for using a precision medicine approach for treatment in children with CAE.
Apr 03, 2017
Stress a common seizure trigger in epilepsy
A recent review article in the European journal Seizure, looks at the stress-seizure relationship and how adopting stress reduction techniques may provide benefit as a low risk form of treatment. Future research is needed to establish evidence-based treatments and clarify biological mechanisms of the stress-seizure relationship.
Mar 23, 2017
Researchers develop first-of-a-kind model to research post-malaria epilepsy
A first-of-its-kind mouse model could lead to an understanding of how cerebral malaria infection leads to the development of epilepsy in children, and to the prevention of seizures. The model was developed by Penn State researchers and their results are published in Scientific Reports.
Mar 08, 2017
Researchers find neurologic link between religious experiences and epilepsy
Researchers from the University of Missouri found a neurologic relationship exists between religiosity--a disposition for spiritual experience and religious activity--and epilepsy. This finding sheds light on the connection between religion and neuropsychological processes within the human brain.
Dec 15, 2016
New findings about stem cells in the brain of patients with epilepsy
Neural stem cells have been found in epileptic brain tissue -- outside the regions of the brain where they normally reside. In a group of patients who underwent surgery for epilepsy, over half had stem cells where healthy individuals do not have them, according to a study from Sahlgrenska Academy.
Nov 28, 2016
Gene discovered to cause epileptic encephalopathy
Scientists have discovered that a severe form of epileptic encephalopathy is caused by recessive loss-of-function mutations in the gene DENND5A. Their findings were published in the American Journal of Human Genetics.
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