Epilepsy & Seizures News

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.
Nov 18, 2016
Study links mothers with rheumatoid arthritis and kids with epilepsy
A new study published in the current issue of Neurology shows a link between mothers with rheumatoid arthritis and children with epilepsy. Having a father with rheumatoid arthritis did not have any effect on whether the child would develop epilepsy.
Oct 05, 2016
Redox biomarker could predict progression of epilepsy
A study using a rat model by researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus determined that decreased cysteine/cystine ratio in plasma may serve as a redox biomarker in epilepsy.
Sep 20, 2016
Continuous electrical brain stimulation helps people with epilepsy
A new Mayo Clinic study in JAMA Neurology shows that seizures were suppressed in patients treated with continuous electrical stimulation. The study suggests that subthreshold cortical stimulation is both effective clinically and reduces interictal epileptiform discharges.
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