Tag: "epileptic" at medical news
Researchers model brain's electrical storm during a seizure
... ongoing research to develop interventions to halt epileptic
seizures. Examples of potential directed therapies include focal cooling, in which the part of the brain experiencing a seizure is literally chilled to dampen the seizure, and electrical stimulation of the affected area of the brain to counter the se...
Brain synapse formation linked to proteins, Stanford study finds
.... In this disease, the area of the brain where the epileptic
attack originates contains both a mass of glial cells and neurons with excessive synapses. Barres suggested that the glial scar might have originally triggered the additional synapses to form. Learning more about how glia trigger synapse formation co...
Controversial Atkins Diet may be beneficial for people with epilepsy
...ns Diet which has proven successful in suppressing epileptic
seizures in a small series of patients. The review, published in Epilepsy Currents, explores the benefits of low-carb, high protein, and other restricted dietary therapies for patients with epilepsy. There are a number of diets being tried to help p...
Early seizures after epilepsy surgery predict more seizures
... population -- about 2.5 million people. During an epileptic
seizure, nerve cells in the brain fire electrical impulses much faster than normal, often leading to muscular convulsions or loss of consciousness. Many epilepsy patients can be successfully treated with medications that prevent the formation of the ...
Drivers with epilepsy are on the road again
... died in the U.S. as a result of crashes caused by epileptic
seizures between 1995 and 1997. With this potential for accidents and fatalities, laws have been put in place to restrict people who have epilepsy from operating vehicles. Similar restrictions exist for persons with progressive vision loss, for exa...
Pacemakers could protect patients with epilepsy from sudden unexplained death
...eart's rhythm is an under-reported consequence of epileptic
seizures, and that the use of cardiac pacemakers by some epilepsy patients could play a future role in protecting against sudden unexplained death. Patients with epilepsy are at risk of sudden unexplained death. Irregular heart rhythm as a result of ...
Injury from epileptic seizures relatively rare, Mayo Clinic study find
...ic study has found a low risk of major injury from epileptic
seizures. Thus, the researchers say that most pati... So and colleagues recommend the following for all epileptic
patients: 1) practice general safety rules when engaged in outdoor activities (e.g., wear a helmet w...
Scientists detail latest advances in development of prosthetic devices for paralyzed
...ions. The researchers collected their data from an epileptic
patient who was about to undergo therapeutic brain surgery. In routine preparation for the surgery, electrodes were implanted on the brain surface to monitor its activity. The patient made movements--real and imagined--while the scientists recorded ...
Mayo Clinic finds ketogenic diet may be started as an outpt treatment for children with epilepsy
...liar with its use, the diet helps two out of three epileptic
children and may prevent seizures in one out of three, according to the Epilepsy Foundation. The diet has to be rigidly controlled. Any deviation can produce a seizure if the patient is thrown out of ketosis, a presence in the blood of abnormally hig...
Full moon exerts no pull on frequency of epileptic seizures
... the full moon does not influence the frequency of epileptic
seizures, reports a University of South Florida study. "Contrary to the myth, epileptic
seizures are not more common during a full moon," said Selim Benbadis, MD, associate professor of ne...
Emory researcher examines effects of antiepileptic drugs on pregnant women and their offspring
Preliminary data show that babies of epileptic
mothers who take antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) during...y times positive, a small number of babies born to epileptic
mothers who took AEDs during pregnancy have congenital heart defects, neural tube defects (spina bif...
...eve that epilepsy can't be treated. "Epilepsy and epileptic
seizures are far more common than people realize," said Dr. Engel, Jonathan Sinay Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, chief of epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology at the UCLA Center for the Health...
Study reveals cause of loss of consciousness during seizures
New Haven, Conn. -- Even small epileptic
seizures can trigger widespread abnormal signals in brain networks leading to loss of consciousness, according to new findings by a Yale researcher. "We've known for a long time that the temporal lobe misfires during seizures," said Hal Blumenfeld...
First epileptic seizures in old age suggest high risk of subsequent stroke
... issue of THE LANCET highlights how an unexplained epileptic
seizure among people aged 60 years or over probably indicates a high risk of subsequent stroke. Authors of the study comment that the identification of patients at increased stroke risk has implications for preventative treatment, and that seizures s...
Two UC Davis studies show promising single-drug therapy for hard-to-control epilepsy
... who currently use multiple medications to control epileptic
seizures. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by seizures, which are recurring disturbances in the normal electrical function of the brain. The causes of epilepsy are only partially understood. "We found that levetiracetam monotherapy ...
New research in seizure treatment at American Epilepsy Society meeting
...r biology behind the development of neurons in the epileptic
brain. Other research to be discussed includes: Efficacy of the Atkins Diet for Intractable Epilepsy The well-known, high-protein Atkins diet may be a well-tolerated alternative without the calorie or protein restrictions of the ketog...
Better brain imaging helps surgeons avoid damage to language functions
...centers in a patient with a long history of severe epileptic
seizures, including information critical to the su...RI can precisely map cortical language networks in epileptic
patients and that fMRI may be used to help interpret laterality results provided by the Wada procedu...
Antiepileptic drug developed at Hebrew University to undergo phase three clinical trials
..., and as a result they continue to suffer periodic epileptic
seizures. There is a need, therefore, to develop n...wo clinical trial in Europe with therapy-resistant epileptic
patients, in which valrocemide was administered together with other medications. The agreement sign...
Video game used for study of human navigation
...attached to EEG monitors to determine the focus of epileptic
seizures, also demonstrates how clinical patient settings offer unique opportunities to learn about the mind and body. Researchers monitored signals from individual brain cells as patients played a computer game in which they explored a virtual town ...
UCI researchers identify link between infant seizures
...ay significantly decrease the likelihood of future epileptic
seizures. The components of these new drugs will likely be man-made chemicals distantly related to marijuana." Febrile seizures affect 3 to 5 percent of infants and young children, making them the most common form of childhood seizures. Soltesz and ...