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Wyss Center announces collaboration with CorTec
(Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering) The Wyss Center, a non-profit neurotechnology translation organization, has signed a partnership agreement with German medical engineering company, CorTec. The partners will work together on research, design and development of a device for continuous, long-term, monitoring of the brain's electrophysiological signals for clinical diagnostic and therapeutic applications. The planned device will sit on the skull, beneath the skin and has potential uses in epilepsy monitoring, tinnitus regulation through neurofeedback, neuromodulation for dyslexia and other brain circuit disorders. (S...
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Baby who had a stroke in the womb can crawl and say 'mama'
Naomi Kretschmer, 19 months, from Marshfield, Wisconsin, suffers from epilepsy and cerebral palsy after having a stroke in the womb. But her mother said she is having small victories. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Recording a thought's fleeting trip through the brain
(University of California - Berkeley) Recording brain activity via electrodes placed directly on the cortical surface (ECoG) provides much clearer views of thinking activity and how the prefrontal cortex coordinates the brain's response to a perception. With the help of 16 epilepsy patients, UC Berkeley neuroscientists tracked the brain's activity as it detects, interprets, settles on a response and activates motor areas to respond. The brain prepares to respond very early, even before we know how we will respond. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

For Kids, Chronic Illness May Trigger Mental Health Issues
MONDAY, Jan. 15, 2018 -- When children learn they have a long-term illness, such as diabetes or epilepsy, they're likely to suffer emotionally, too, a small study finds. These mental health issues surface soon after the diagnosis, the Canadian... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 15, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Do anti-epileptic drugs increase suicide in epilepsy? 10 years after the FDA alert - Mula M.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

What Treatment is Recommended for Common Headaches?
Discussion Headache is pain in the scalp, forehead, orbits and temple. Facial and neck pain are usually excluded from this definition. It is a common problem with more than 6 million pediatric patients having migraine. Headaches can also have co-morbidities and more than 1 primary headache type can co-exist. The costs are high both economically and in the quality of life for the patients and families. A review of common headache types and indications for neuroimaging can be found here. Treatment is necessarily multi-pronged. Patients should understand their diagnosis so they can understand what reasonably can be expected...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - January 15, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Newborn immune activation may have long-term negative impact on brain function
(McLean Hospital) McLean neuroscientists have found that even a brief episode of immune system activation within days of birth can cause persistent changes in sleep patterns concurrent with increases in epilepsy-like brain activity -- a combination of symptoms common in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental conditions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Evidence of CTE Discovered in Young Patients With Epilepsy Evidence of CTE Discovered in Young Patients With Epilepsy
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy may be present in 10% of young patients with intractable epilepsy, a new pilot study suggests.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Illinois-Mayo Clinic team develop method to identify seizure-causing regions in the brain
(University of Illinois College of Engineering) Epilepsy -- a condition that affects an estimated 65 million people worldwide -- can be a difficult condition to treat. A team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Mayo Clinic have developed a method with the potential to significantly improve the accuracy and reduce the cost and time needed to identify regions of the brain causing epilepsy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study examines link between epilepsy and mood disorders
(Wiley) Mood disorders, including depression, are the most common comorbid conditions in individuals with epilepsy, but the cause remains unclear. Results from a new Epilepsia study suggest that there may be a shared genetic susceptibility to these conditions, expressed only in people with focal epilepsy (in which seizures start in one part of the brain). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study examines genetic link between epilepsy and mood disorders
(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) Mood disorders, including depression, are the most common comorbid conditions in individuals with epilepsy, but the cause remains unclear. The findings suggest that there may be a shared genetic susceptibility to these conditions, expressed only in people with focal epilepsy, in which seizures start in one part of the brain. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 11, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

CTE Not That Common in Young People with Epilepsy (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- But results from small pilot study need confirmation (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)
Source: MedPage Today Neurology - January 10, 2018 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

Epilepsy, depression share common genetic cause, study says
Evidence of a connection between epilepsy and depression has been uncovered, researchers said in a study released on Wednesday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Epileptic seizures and depression may share a common genetic cause, study suggests
(Rutgers University) From the time of Hippocrates, physicians have suspected a link between epilepsy and depression. Now, for the first time, scientists at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Columbia University have found evidence that seizures and mood disorders such as depression may share the same genetic cause in some people with epilepsy, which may lead to better screening and treatment to improve patients' quality of life. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Evaluating clinical risk factors for suicide attempts in patients with epilepsy - Harnod T, Lin CL, Kao CH.
In this study, we used a subset of the National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) of Taiwan. Inpatients ( ≥... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Brain cycle activity data may help predict epilepsy seizures
Monthly cycles of brain activity can be used to predict seizures in epilepsy patients, according to a new study. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Long-Term Brain Rhythms Offer Possibility of Predicting Seizures
Researchers identify patterns of neural activity ranging from a few days to four weeks in individuals with epilepsy. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - January 8, 2018 Category: Science Tags: Daily News Source Type: news

Monthly brain cycles predict seizures in patients with epilepsy
(University of California - San Francisco) UC San Francisco neurologists have discovered monthly cycles of brain activity linked to seizures in patients with epilepsy. The finding, published online January 8 in Nature Communications, suggests it may soon be possible for clinicians to identify when patients are at highest risk for seizures, allowing patients to plan around these brief but potentially dangerous events. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Topiramate Dose in Mom Affects Oral Cleft Risk in Child Topiramate Dose in Mom Affects Oral Cleft Risk in Child
Higher doses of the drug taken early in pregnancy by women with epilepsy were associated with higher risk for oral clefts in offspring; lower doses used for other indications showed a weaker link.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

More proof prescriptions and pregnancy don’t mix: Epilepsy drug found to affect fetal development, causing cleft palate
(Natural News) In the last 10 years, topiramate, an anti-epileptic drug, has been increasingly prescribed to prevent seizures. It is also used to treat bipolar disorder and migraine headaches. Topiramate is also an ingredient for a weight-loss drug that was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Earlier studies have determined that women who took topiramate... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zogenix CEO explains company pivot from opioids to epilepsy drugs
Steve Farr hopes he has Zogenix positioned for success in 2018 with ZX-008. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 4, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

Zogenix CEO explains company pivot from opioids to epilepsy drugs
Steve Farr hopes he has Zogenix positioned for success in 2018 with ZX-008. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 4, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

Main Line pharma company developing synthetic cannabinoid therapies narrows its focus
The companies will concentrate on developing treatments for Fragile X syndrome, epilepsy, Tourette's and other neurological and psychiatric disorders. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - January 4, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: John George Source Type: news

Admissions of inequality: emergency hospital use for children and young people
This briefing looks at the relationship between deprivation and the use of emergency hospital care by children and young people in England. It aims to describe and highlight areas of inequality and to explore how they have changed over time. As well as looking at the overall patterns of emergency hospital use, it focuses in particular on three common conditions – asthma, diabetes and epilepsy – where more timely and effective primary, community or outpatient care could prevent admissions. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Children with chronic illness often show signs of mental health problems
(University of Waterloo) Researchers from the University of Waterloo surveyed children between the ages of six and 16, and all within a month of their diagnosis with asthma, food allergy, epilepsy, diabetes or juvenile arthritis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Epilepsy Treatment Outcomes Unchanged
(Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - January 2, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Topiramate in early pregnancy increases risk of oral clefts
Risk of cleft lip or cleft palate is greater if mother takes a higher dose of the drug Related items fromOnMedica Adverse pregnancy outcomes far more likely in epilepsy Study reveals mental cost of epilepsy in pregnancy Cannabis derivative cannabidiol reduces seizures in severe epilepsy disorder New guidelines on epilepsy in pregnancy Epilepsy drug linked to 4,000 birth defects in France (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 2, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Epilepsy Treatment Outcomes Unchanged in Decades Epilepsy Treatment Outcomes Unchanged in Decades
Despite the introduction of several new antiepileptic drugs, seizure freedom rates have not improved, a new study shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Epilepsy drugs work for most patients, but there ’s room for improvement
(Reuters Health) - Most people with a new diagnosis of epilepsy will remain seizure free with their first or second antiepileptic drug, but there ’s still a need for better treatments, according to a new report. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

The dangers of epilepsy drugs for pregnant women
Harvard Medical School researchers discovered that 12.3 children in every 1,000 are born with an oral cleft for mothers on high doses of topiramate, which is branded as Topamax. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Topiramate in early pregnancy increases risk of oral clefts
(Brigham and Women's Hospital) A new study by investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health suggest that using topiramate in early pregnancy, particularly at the high doses used for epilepsy, increases the risk of oral clefts. Their results are published in Neurology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Epilepsy Drug Could Raise Birth Defect Risks
Researchers found that pregnant women with epilepsy who take the drug topiramate during their first trimester  may boost the risk that their child will be born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Epilepsy Drug Could Raise Birth Defect Risks
Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Birth Defects, Epilepsy, Pregnancy and Medicines (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - December 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Epilepsy Drug, #Topiramate, Could Raise Birth Defect Risks
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 27, 2017 -- A common anti-seizure drug may pose a birth defect problem for pregnant women, a new study warns. Researchers found that pregnant women with epilepsy who take the drug topiramate during their first trimester may boost... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 27, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Epilepsy Drug, Topiramate, Could Raise Birth Defect Risks
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 27, 2017 -- A common anti-seizure drug may pose a birth defect problem for pregnant women, a new study warns. Researchers found that pregnant women with epilepsy who take the drug topiramate during their first trimester may boost... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 27, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Epilepsy Drug Could Raise Birth Defect Risks
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 27, 2017 -- A common anti-seizure drug may pose a birth defect problem for pregnant women, a new study warns. Researchers found that pregnant women with epilepsy who take the drug topiramate during their first trimester may boost the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 27, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Newer Epilepsy Drugs Haven't Boosted Seizure Control (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Scottish study calls for development of disease-modifying agents (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)
Source: MedPage Today Neurology - December 27, 2017 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

Folic Acid May Limit Autism Traits in Children of Epileptic Women (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- No folic acid in pregnancy substantially increased risks (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)
Source: MedPage Today Neurology - December 27, 2017 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

Brain waves may predict and potentially prevent epilepsy -- Ben-Gurion U. researchers
(American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) Published in The Journal of Neuroscience, the findings demonstrate how using EEGs to identify changes in brain wave patterns over time can predict which post-injury patients will develop epilepsy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

RA Exposure In Utero Tied to Increased Disease Risk
Children exposed to maternal rheumatoid arthritis have higher risk of thyroid disease, epilepsy, RA (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - December 19, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Gynecology, Neurology, Nursing, Pathology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, Rheumatology, Journal, Source Type: news

Could an Electric Pulse to the Brain Recharge Your Memory?
TUESDAY, Dec. 19, 2017 -- Carefully targeted deep brain stimulation might one day enhance long-term memory, a small study suggests. The experiment involved just 14 epilepsy patients, all of whom had undergone an invasive procedure to insert... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 19, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Three area biopharm firms join NASDAQ biotech index
The companies are developing antibiotics and treatments for epilepsy and neuromuscular diseases. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - December 18, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: John George Source Type: news

Three area biopharm firms join NASDAQ biotech index
The companies are developing antibiotics and treatments for epilepsy and neuromuscular diseases. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 18, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: John George Source Type: news

Could A Zap To The Brain Derail Destructive Impulses?
A brain implant already used to treat severe epilepsy might also help fend off impulses to abuse drugs or overeat before they happen, researchers say. But so far it's been tested mostly in mice.(Image credit: Marco Jeurissen/Collection Mix: Sub/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Esther Landhuis Source Type: news

Telestroke Doubled tPA; Humidity Risk; Epilepsy Drug for Stroke Prevention?
(MedPage Today) -- Recent developments of interest in cardiovascular medicine (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - December 18, 2017 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What is Todd's paralysis?
Learn all about Todd ’s paralysis or when it becomes impossible to move part or all of the body after a seizure. We look at the management options. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Epilepsy Source Type: news

Predictors of seizure related injuries in adult patients with epilepsy in Colombia: a case-control study - Orozco-Hernandez JP, Quintero-Moreno JF, Duque-Salazar C, Gil-Restrepo A, William-Martinez J, Lizcano-Meneses A, Carmona-Villada H.
AIM: To identify predictors of seizure related injuries in adult patients with epilepsy in Colombia. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Case-control study. Patients with a diagnosis of epilepsy aged 16 years and older who attended the Neurocentro epilepsy cente... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Draper develops tiny implantable device to study epilepsy, Parkinson's
Cambridge-based research lab Draper says it hopes to make a newly developed implantable electronic device available to researchers to study the effects on disorders ranging from epilepsy to Parkinson ’s disease. The device, the first radio wave-powered neuromodulation device to be built so small, is 2.5 millimeters long — five times smaller than other radio-powered wireless stimulators. The device is able to electronically stimulate nerves to help patients suffering from nervous system dis orders… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 14, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Undiagnosed Epilepsy Linked to Preventable MVAs Undiagnosed Epilepsy Linked to Preventable MVAs
Lengthy delays in epilepsy diagnosis are contributing to preventable motor vehicle accidents (MVAs), new research suggests.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Novel fMRI applications in childhood epilepsy increase understanding of seizure impacts
(Children's National Health System) Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has allowed researchers to map the memory functions that are often impaired within the brains of children with epilepsy. Additionally, a separate study of a novel application of resting-state fMRI, where the patient does not have to complete tasks, demonstrated the potential for clinicians to use noninvasive fMRI for language assessment for children who are too young or impaired to follow task directions in traditional fMRI studies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 13, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news