Advancing epilepsy treatment

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have successfully prevented epileptic seizures in animal models by preemptively directing a low-frequency stimulus to the nerve fibers in the brain. That technique differs substantially from current human therapies recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in which doctors now employ a much higher frequency directly into brain tissue and sometimes only […]

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Man accused of beating wife after she shared photos to raise epilepsy awareness

A woman who shared photos of her seizure injuries for epilepsy awareness is distraught after people wrongly took them as evidence that her husband beats her. 42-year-old Sarah Bomzer was making a cup of tea for her husband Adam, 43, last month, when she had a seizure. The mum-of-two was rushed to hospital and suffered severe bruising to her arms […]

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Neuron and synapse-mimetic spintronics devices developed

A research group from Tohoku University has developed spintronics devices which are promising for future energy-efficient and adoptive computing systems, as they behave like neurons and synapses in the human brain. Today’s information society is built on digital computers that have evolved drastically for half a century and are capable of executing complicated tasks reliably. The human brain, by contrast, […]

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Doctors Zapped a Woman's Brain So She Could Laugh Through 'Awake' Brain Surgery

When the woman woke up from her sedation, she felt anxious and started crying. That’s not atypical, given the circumstances: The woman, an patient with epilepsy, was undergoing awake open-brain surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine. Her head was locked in place, and her brain was exposed. But she needed to stay awake for her own safety — […]

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Fear and anger had different effects on conservatives and liberals, study suggests

Fear and anger related to the 2016 presidential election and climate change, one of the campaign’s major issues, had different effects on the way conservatives and liberals processed information about the two topics, according to the results of a study by a University at Buffalo communication researcher. The findings, published in the journal Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, suggest that […]

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Epileptics in high-crime neighborhoods have three times as many seizures

People with epilepsy living in high crime neighborhoods in Chicago had three times as many seizures as those living in neighborhoods with lower crime rates according to new research from the University of Illinois at Chicago presented at the American Epilepsy Society 2018 conference in New Orleans. Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder characterized by abnormal brain activity and seizures […]

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Molecular mechanisms of an African folk medicine: Analysis of leaf extract reveals novel chemistry for therapeutic ion channel activation

Researchers in the Department of Physiology & Biophysics at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine have discovered the molecular basis for therapeutic actions of an African folk medicine used to treat a variety of illnesses and disorders including diabetes, pain, headaches, paralysis and epilepsy. The herbal medicine, a leaf extract from the shrub Mallotus oppositifolius, has been used […]

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Music may help against epilepsy

According to scientists from Ohio state University (USA), the brains of people with epilepsy in a special way responds to music compared to people without this disease. Researchers believe that the music for patients with epilepsy can be used as a method of therapy that complements traditional treatment. Scientists explain that in most cases (80%) the development of epilepsy cause […]

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