Oct 17, 2017
Mechanism explains how seizures may lead to memory loss
Understanding of mechanism may lead to future strategies to reduce cognitive deficits in Alzheimer disease and other conditions associated with seizures, such as epilepsy.
Oct 16, 2017
A dietary supplement dampens the brain hyperexcitability seen in seizures or epilepsy
These results, seen in animal models, represent a potentially novel therapeutic target for the treatment of seizure disorders.
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.