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Experts warn: Ethical guidelines and regulations are needed for AI technology used to restore or enhance human capabilities
(Natural News) A group of 28 researchers, scientists and other experts in the neurotechnology field is calling for ethical rules when it comes to the brain-computer interface. Artificial intelligence technology brings with it the possibility of profoundly restoring the quality of life for many individuals suffering from brain injuries, blindness, paralysis, epilepsy, and other serious conditions.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wearable Multimodal Detectors May Help Detect Epileptic Seizures Wearable Multimodal Detectors May Help Detect Epileptic Seizures
Wrist-worn multimodal seizure detectors provide accurate convulsive seizure counts and autonomic data in patients with epilepsy, a small study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Scottsdale med-tech startup launches Kickstarter campaign for epilepsy patient app
Scottsdale-based med-tech startup EpiFinder Inc. has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for its seizure and epilepsy patient portal app. EpiFinder has already reached its $10,000 goal since the crowdfunding campaign began Nov. 6. The company intentionally set a lower goal and is now creating stretch goals to bring the patient portal to market even earlier than April 2018, said Neel Mehta, EpiFinder’s co-founder and chief strateg y officer. The patient portal app is designed to empower… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 14, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Hayley Ringle Source Type: news

Scottsdale med-tech startup launches Kickstarter campaign for epilepsy patient app
Scottsdale-based med-tech startup EpiFinder Inc. has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for its seizure and epilepsy patient portal app. EpiFinder has already reached its $10,000 goal since the crowdfunding campaign began Nov. 6. The company intentionally set a lower goal and is now creating stretch goals to bring the patient portal to market even earlier than April 2018, said Neel Mehta, EpiFinder’s co-founder and chief strateg y officer. The patient portal app is designed to empower… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - November 13, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Hayley Ringle Source Type: news

SPM in Real Life: Fall ‘17
NEW MEMBERS: Fall ‘17 Brief bios/plugs for new members (extracted from the Introduce Yourself Connect Community) After returning to school to become an OR surgical tech, Mary Mack’s heart health declined, and she quickly learned to become a strong advocate for herself. Feeling that no one was into her participatory style, Mary believes a radical change in medical student education is necessary to change the culture of medicine. She is passionate about helping to make that change happen. Her other interests include playing the guitar and speaking Mandarin Chinese. Jim Skinner created the Smart Patient Academy a...
Source: Society for Participatory Medicine - November 13, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: Nanette Mattox Tags: Newsletter Source Type: news

Drug hope for severe hand pain in osteoarthritis patients
The debilitating hand pain often experienced by osteoarthritis patients can be successfully treated with a drug normally used for epilepsy, anxiety and neuropathic pain, according to UK researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 13, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Understanding variability in driving recommendations for patients with seizures - Mahmud S, Hwang ST.
BACKGROUND: There is lack of consensus regarding driving restrictions for patients with epilepsy. Regulations vary by state. New York State (NYS) recommends driving restrictions for one year in a person with an episode of loss of consciousness (LOC), with ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Sleeping soundly and seizure-free
After years of dealing with nighttime seizures, an Illinois man found the relief he sought after Mayo Clinic surgeons precisely mapped the source of his seizures. Evan Bachtold's wife, Rachel, used to be afraid of going to sleep. Lying next to her husband, who had epilepsy, each sound he uttered and every move he made [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - November 12, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Scientists are developing a compound for a pharmaceutical that stops convulsions
(RUDN University) Scientists from RUDN University took an active part in the development of a chemical compound that would help to stop convulsions during epileptic seizures. The results of the study were published in Chirality. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FDA Approves Oral Lacosamide (Vimpat) for Children With Epilepsy FDA Approves Oral Lacosamide (Vimpat) for Children With Epilepsy
The FDA expands the indication for the antiepileptic lacosamide to children as young as age 4 years with partial-onset seizures.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Alert Source Type: news

Spacing out after staying up late? Here ’s why
Ever sleep poorly and then walk out of the house without your keys? Or space out while driving to work and nearly hit a stalled car?A new study led by UCLA ’sDr. Itzhak Fried is the first to reveal how sleep deprivation disrupts brain cells ’ ability to communicate with each other. Fried and his colleagues believe that disruption leads to temporary mental lapses that affect memory and visual perception. Their findings are published online today by Nature Medicine.“We discovered that starving the body of sleep also robs neurons of the ability to function properly,” said Fried, the study’s ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - November 6, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

For Canadians in queue for long-term care spots, waiting costs 'astronomical'
The younger sisters of a Nova Scotia woman with epilepsy and multiple sclerosis say the costs of waiting to get her into a nursing home are hard for them to bear. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

Researchers discover eight new epilepsy genes
(University of Montreal) A new study examining 200 children with epileptic encephalopathy -- epilepsy combined with intellectual or overall developmental disability -- identified eight new genes involved in this type of epilepsy thanks to their use of whole-genome sequencing, which had never been done before in an epileptic study of this scope. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New Cochrane Library Special Collection: Yoga for improving health and well-being
Yoga originated thousands of years ago in India as an integrated physical, mental, and spiritual practice based on ancient Vedic philosophy, and is connected to Ayurveda, the system of traditional Indian medicine. During the 20th century, yoga became increasingly recognised outside India, and over the past decades it has continued to grow in popularity worldwide as system for promoting health and well-being. While modern yoga often focuses on physical poses and is sometimes thought of as a type of exercise, the practice usually incorporates one or more of the mental or spiritual elements that are traditionally part of yoga...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - November 3, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Inexplicable spasms can now be explained with hormones
(Aarhus University) Too low a level of a hormone in the blood which protects against stress may be the cause of epilepsy-like seizures which doctors had otherwise believed had solely psychological causes. New research results from Aarhus University may help to improve the diagnosis and treatment of an otherwise mystifying disorder. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 3, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FDA Cautions Cancer Patients About Medical Marijuana
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a stern warning Wednesday to companies marketing medical marijuana to cure or inhibit cancer — including mesothelioma — and cautioned patients about unsubstantiated claims. The FDA sent warning letters to four particular companies, citing deceptive marketing in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. “We don’t let companies market products that deliberately prey on sick people with baseless claims that their substance can shrink or cure cancer,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb in a press release Wednesday. “And we&rsqu...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - November 2, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: FDA marijuana warning marijuana for cancer medical marijuana for cancer Source Type: news

Dealing with a diagnosis of epilepsy: Common questions from parents
A diagnosis of epilepsy can seem overwhelming: You likely have a lot of questions about how seizures — and their treatment — will affect your child’s life and what that might mean for your family. That’s why education is crucial for helping ensure that you understand as much as possible about the condition. Events such as the Fifth Annual Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland are wonderful opportunities to learn from experts and from other families. Here, Dr. Arnold Sansevere of the Epilepsy Center at Boston Children’s Hospital answers five common questions from parents and kids. What causes s...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - November 2, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jessica Cerretani Tags: Ask the Expert Diseases & Conditions Dr. Arnold Sansevere epilepsy epilepsy center seizures Source Type: news

Study Raises Questions About Brain Stimulation Boosting Memory
In people with epilepsy, transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) does not affect memory-related brainwaves as widely claimed, researchers report. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - November 1, 2017 Category: Science Tags: Daily News Source Type: news

Epilepsy is personal for 'Hamilton' star
Miguel Cervantes and his wife, Kelly, welcomed daughter Adelaide in October 2015. They sensed that something was amiss early on. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Largest ever collection of patient data of inherited epilepsy conditions
(Swansea University) Researchers from Swansea University Medical School have joined up with five other centres from around the world to compile the biggest recorded collection of families with forms of epilepsy where genetics may play a part in the recurring feature of the condition. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Tuesday Tips: What to know about the ketogenic diet for epilepsy
Sometimes, medication alone isn't enough to help with epilepsy. There's research-based hope in a diet that can reduce or prevent seizures. Watch: What to know about the ketogenic diet for epilepsy. Journalists: Broadcast-quality video (1:34) is in the downloads. https://youtu.be/gRypuSYV0Fw (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - October 31, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

South Africa:Neighbours to the Rescue As Health System Fails Epileptic Man
[GroundUp] A 58-year-old Pietermaritzburg resident who is epileptic and living in a broken-down mud house is still waiting for help from one of the thousands of Community Health Workers deployed across KwaZulu-Natal. Now his neighbours are coming to his rescue. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 30, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Wristband devices detect dangerous seizures in patients with epilepsy
(Wiley) New research published in Epilepsia, a journal of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), indicates that wristband devices may improve the detection and characterization of seizures in patients with epilepsy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

PodMed: A Medical News Roundup From Johns Hopkins (with audio)
(MedPage Today) -- This week's topics include health and wealth, gun show sales and gun injury, management of epilepsy, and outcomes relative to robotic surgery (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)
Source: MedPage Today Neurology - October 28, 2017 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

First Test of Anti-epilepsy Surgeries in Children Shows Dramatic Benefit First Test of Anti-epilepsy Surgeries in Children Shows Dramatic Benefit
Brain surgery for children whose epilepsy is resistant to drug therapy can produce a 10-fold increase in the odds of being seizure-free after one year and can do it without affecting IQ, according to a new Indian study of 116 patients in The New England Journal of Medicine.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Pharmaceutical use during pregnancy resulting in premature births, birth defects, and massive costs to insurers
(Natural News) The European Medicines Agency will go over the evidence concerning the harmful effects of an epilepsy pill on unborn babies and decide if the warnings are sufficient enough. The drug, sodium valproate, has been connected to nearly 20,000 babies born with disabilities ever since its introduction in the 1970s, reported the DailyMail.co.uk. Also... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

For Kids with Drug-Resistant Epilepsy, Surgery Outperforms Medical Therapy (FREE)
By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM Children who undergo brain surgery for drug-resistant epilepsy are more likely to achieve freedom from seizures … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - October 26, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

First test of anti-epilepsy surgeries in children shows dramatic benefit
(Reuters Health) - Brain surgery for children whose epilepsy is resistant to drug therapy can produce a 10-fold increase in the odds of being seizure-free after one year and can do it without affecting IQ, according to a new Indian study of 116 patients in The New England Journal of Medicine. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Surgery Cuts Seizures in Drug-Resistant Epilepsy (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Longer freedom from seizures in pediatric patients with neurosurgery (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)
Source: MedPage Today Neurology - October 25, 2017 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

UCLA neuroscientists use weak electrical signal to stimulate human brain and improve memory
FINDINGSNeuroscientists at the  David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA have discovered precisely where and how to electrically stimulate the human brain to enhance people’s recollection of distinct memories. People with epilepsy who received low-current electrical pulses showed a significant improvement in their ability to recognize specific faces and ignore simila r ones.Eight of nine patients ’ ability to recognize the faces of specific people improved after receiving electrical pulses to the right side of the brain’s entorhinal area, which is critical to learning and memory. However, electri...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - October 24, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Mountain View startup with implant that prevents epileptic seizures raises $74M
The company's groundbreaking device is ready for commercialization after about nine years of clinical tests on patients. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 24, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Cromwell Schubarth Source Type: news

NeuroPace raises $74m for anti-epilepsy implant
NeuroPace said today that it raised a $74 million funding round, saying it plans to use the infusion to speed the commercialization of its implantable neurostimulation device for treating epilepsy. Mountain View, Calif.-based NeuroPace said the round was led by the KCK Group and OrbiMed Advisors. NeuroPace’s RNS system monitors electrical activity in the brain, delivering stimulative therapy when activity appears abnormal. The device won pre-market approval from the FDA in November 2013. “With this additional funding, we now have the resources necessary to substantially accelerate adoption of RNS...
Source: Mass Device - October 24, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Funding Roundup Neuromodulation/Neurostimulation Wall Street Beat NeuroPace Source Type: news

NeuroPace raises $74 million to market seizure-monitoring device
(Reuters) - NeuroPace Inc said on Tuesday it raised $74 million in equity funding as the medical device maker looks to rapidly expand commercialization of its device to treat epileptic seizures. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Epilepsy and driving - Takagi S, Matsuura M.
In Japan, the Road Traffic Act was amended in 2013, and the revision was enacted in 2014. This revision includes new rules such as the requirement that a driver declare medical conditions on licensing, with a penalty for false statements. There is also a n... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

Medical Marijuana's Benefit to Kids Still Limited
Helped with chemo-linked nausea, epilepsy, but no evidence for other conditions (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - October 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical Marijuana Won ’ t Help Most Sick Kids
Helped with chemo - linked nausea, epilepsy, but no evidence for other conditions (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - October 23, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Family Medicine, Neurology, Nursing, Oncology, Pediatrics, Dependence, News, Source Type: news

Looking to the future: Robot-assisted surgery offers hope for Brendan
Brendan Randolph focuses on the lane in front of him, takes a few steps and lets the ball fly down the lane. He waits to see where it lands and then turns back, grinning with satisfaction: With all ten pins down, it’s a strike. Bowling is one of his favorite pastimes, and he’s thrilled to be back at it. That’s no small feat for this 17-year-old, who underwent brain surgery just a few months ago. Brendan and his parents, Joanne and Chris Running out of options for epilepsy Brendan began experiencing seizures within just a few hours of his birth and was diagnosed with epilepsy, believed to be the result of ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - October 23, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jessica Cerretani Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Dr. Phillip Pearl Dr. Scellig Stone epilepsy epilepsy center robotics seizures Source Type: news

Medical Marijuana Won't Help Most Sick Kids
Helped with chemo-linked nausea, epilepsy, but no evidence for other conditionsSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Children's Health, Marijuana (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - October 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New trial to study combo breast US, drug treatment
The University of Virginia Health System is enrolling women diagnosed with...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: UVA launches focused ultrasound trial for epilepsy MRgFUS shows effectiveness for essential tremor Focused Ultrasound Foundation appoints CMO Focused Ultrasound Foundation chair joins NCI panel (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - October 23, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Nurse-led project helps women with epilepsy plan pregnancy
Nurses at The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust have helped devise a short animation designed to aid women with epilepsy plan and prepare for pregnancy. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 19, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Study finds epilepsy drug to be safe during pregnancy
(Wiley) New research indicates that use of the epilepsy drug lamotrigine during pregnancy does not increase the risk of birth malformations or neurodevelopmental disorders. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

There's a hospital ship waiting for sick Puerto Ricans -- but no one knows how to get on it
Sammy Rolon is living in a makeshift clinic set up at a school. He has cerebral palsy and epilepsy and is bedridden. He's waiting for surgery that was scheduled before Hurricane Maria smashed into Puerto Rico. Now, he can't even get the oxygen he needs. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - October 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hospital ship waits for sick Puerto Ricans -- but no one knows how to get on it
Sammy Rolon is living in a makeshift clinic set up at a school. He has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, and is bed-ridden. He's waiting for surgery that was scheduled before Hurricane Maria smashed into Puerto Rico. Now he can't even get the oxygen he needs. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - October 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UAB researchers make discovery for treating seizure disorders
UAB researchers have made a discovery in seizure and epilepsy diseases in the brain.   The researchers found that inducing a biochemical alteration in proteins located in the brain though a dietary supplement glucosamine, is able to rapidly dampen pathological hyperexcitability in rat and mouse models. The protein, named O-GlcNAcylation, was heavily researched. It was discovered the protein has a regulating effect in treating pathological hyperexcitablility in the brain.  Pathological hyperexcitablility… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 16, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Tyler Patchen Source Type: news

UAB researchers make discovery for treating seizure disorders
UAB researchers have made a discovery in seizure and epilepsy diseases in the brain.   The researchers found that inducing a biochemical alteration in proteins located in the brain though a dietary supplement glucosamine, is able to rapidly dampen pathological hyperexcitability in rat and mouse models. The protein, named O-GlcNAcylation, was heavily researched. It was discovered the protein has a regulating effect in treating pathological hyperexcitablility in the brain.  Pathological hyperexcitablility… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 16, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tyler Patchen Source Type: news

Previous Epilepsy Admission Linked to Schizophrenia Previous Epilepsy Admission Linked to Schizophrenia
Compared with those admitted for other medical conditions, patients admitted for epilepsy show increases in subsequent schizophrenia readmissions, a new study suggests.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Dietary supplement may help to prevent seizures
Researchers suggest that glucosamine, a dietary supplement, may help to reduce brain cell excitability, bringing us closer to a new therapy for epilepsy. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Epilepsy Source Type: news

Enjoying life, finally free of seizures
Kristen Grip stood in the middle of the basketball court, motionless. Around her, the action continued as usual — the smack of the ball on the polished wood floor, the rush of her teammates as they darted back and forth, the satisfying swish and shout of victory as someone made a basket. Yet the high school freshman stared vacantly into space, her only movement a small tap of her fingers together. Later, after the coach had blown a whistle and halted the game, Kristen learned that it had happened again: she’d had another seizure. Embarrassed and frustrated, she bid her friends farewell and headed to the school ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - October 16, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jessica Cerretani Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Dr. Annapurna Poduri epilepsy epilepsy center seizures Source Type: news