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Newswise: Podcast: Life as a Medical Student with Epilepsy
Released: 22-Jun-2022 11:10 AM EDT
Podcast: Life as a Medical Student with Epilepsy
International League Against Epilepsy

We talk with a third-year medical student, a neurology researcher, an avid rock climber, and a young man with epilepsy who had a responsive neurostimulator (RNS) implanted last year. The catch: They’re all the same person.

Newswise: Podcast episode: Creating epilepsy-smart schools in India
Released: 17-Jun-2022 12:25 PM EDT
Podcast episode: Creating epilepsy-smart schools in India
International League Against Epilepsy

Children spend a lot of time in school, and that includes children with epilepsy. But most teachers don’t receive training in what epilepsy is, what seizures look like, or what to do if a student has a seizure.

Newswise: Epilepsy education in India: Teacher training project aims to address stigma, increase inclusion
Released: 17-Jun-2022 12:05 PM EDT
Epilepsy education in India: Teacher training project aims to address stigma, increase inclusion
International League Against Epilepsy

Schools can be important for epilepsy screening, as well as awareness of seizure first aid and basic knowledge. In a rural area of Punjab, a three-year project of surveys and training activities aimed to increase knowledge and dispel myths and misconceptions.

Newswise: La capacitación docente sobre la epilepsia es fácil de usar y también encuentra audiencias bienvenidas entre padres y neurólogos
Released: 17-Jun-2022 11:35 AM EDT
La capacitación docente sobre la epilepsia es fácil de usar y también encuentra audiencias bienvenidas entre padres y neurólogos
International League Against Epilepsy

En Ontario, Canadá, un grupo de psicólogos y miembros de una agencia comunitaria de apoyo a la epilepsia habían discutido durante mucho tiempo la necesidad de educación sobre la epilepsia para los maestros de escuela.

9-Jun-2022 2:25 PM EDT
Cost of Brand-Name Epilepsy Drugs Increased by 277% Over Eight Years
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

The cost of brand-name drugs for epilepsy increased by 277% from 2010 to 2018, according to a study published in the June 15, 2022, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The cost of generic drugs for epilepsy decreased by 42% over the same period.

Released: 14-Jun-2022 5:10 PM EDT
Brain Signal Irregularity May Provide Clues to Understanding Epileptic Process
Universitat Pompeu Fabra- Barcelona

Researchers from the UPF Department of Information and Communication Technologies (DTIC) propose a new method to differentiate signals from the epileptic focus from those recorded in other parts of the brain without the presence of an epileptic seizure.

Newswise: Study reveals how epilepsy and migraine drug causes birth defects
8-Jun-2022 4:20 PM EDT
Study reveals how epilepsy and migraine drug causes birth defects
PLOS

Valproic acid (VPA) keeps nervous system cells from growing and dividing correctly, researchers discovered.

Newswise: Teaching Teachers About Epilepsy: Intervention Also Benefits Students, Parents, Neurologists
Released: 8-Jun-2022 7:05 AM EDT
Teaching Teachers About Epilepsy: Intervention Also Benefits Students, Parents, Neurologists
International League Against Epilepsy

Though children spend many hours in school, their teachers often don't have knowledge about epilepsy. Many are afraid of having students with epilepsy in their classes, which can be a barrier to both effective learning and student inclusion.

Released: 6-Jun-2022 3:05 PM EDT
Genetic Testing for Neonatal Epilepsy Allows Babies to Go Home Sooner
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Genetic testing results in lower length of stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for infants with epilepsy, according to a study published in the journal Pediatric Neurology. The reduction in hospital stay time in babies with epilepsy who spent time in the NICU was not explained by changes in the severity of illness, birth weight or population changes in the NICU over time. These findings confirm the importance of early genetic testing for epilepsy, which allows more precise treatment and better seizure control during a critical time in brain development.

Newswise: Epigenetics in epilepsy and the Michael Prize: Dr. Katja Kobow
Released: 3-Jun-2022 9:30 AM EDT
Epigenetics in epilepsy and the Michael Prize: Dr. Katja Kobow
International League Against Epilepsy

Though she became involved in epilepsy epigenetics research “by accident,” Katja Kobow is already one of the leading researchers in the field, and the most recent recipient of the prestigious Michael Prize. Sharp Waves talked with her about the prize and her research.

Newswise: World Health Organization Unanimously Approves Plan to Improve Epilepsy Care, Reduce Stigma
Released: 27-May-2022 10:05 AM EDT
World Health Organization Unanimously Approves Plan to Improve Epilepsy Care, Reduce Stigma
International League Against Epilepsy

On 27 May 2022, World Health Organization Member States unanimously approved the Intersectoral Global Action Plan on Epilepsy and other Neurological Disorders (IGAP) at the 75th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

Released: 19-May-2022 1:55 PM EDT
Epilepsy Drug Stops Nervous System Tumor Growth in Mice
Washington University in St. Louis

People with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) develop tumors on nerves throughout their bodies. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have discovered that nerve cells with the mutation that causes NF1 are hyperexcitable and that suppressing this hyperactivity with the epilepsy drug lamotrigine stops tumor growth in mice.

Newswise: Epilepsy and Pregnancy: A Conversation with Dr. Page Pennell
Released: 16-May-2022 12:05 PM EDT
Epilepsy and Pregnancy: A Conversation with Dr. Page Pennell
International League Against Epilepsy

Can women with epilepsy get pregnant, give birth to healthy babies, and breastfeed? What are the myths and misconceptions, and what do physicians and women need to know? Dr. Anca Arbune interviews Dr. Page Pennell about the latest research and knowledge.

Newswise: Intersectoral Global Action Plan on Epilepsy and Other Neurological Disorders: What’s next?
Released: 16-May-2022 11:05 AM EDT
Intersectoral Global Action Plan on Epilepsy and Other Neurological Disorders: What’s next?
International League Against Epilepsy

The World Health Organization's 75th World Health Assembly convenes May 22, with implications for epilepsy and other neurological disorders. Join us for a webinar discussing the member states' vote on the Intersectoral Global Action Plan.

Newswise: Breakthrough tech enables seizure localization in minutes
Released: 13-May-2022 12:50 PM EDT
Breakthrough tech enables seizure localization in minutes
Carnegie Mellon University

Fresh techniques to aid seizure diagnosis and surgical planning stand to benefit millions of epilepsy patients, but the path to progress has been slow and challenging.

Released: 12-May-2022 3:25 PM EDT
Albert Einstein College of Medicine Receives $11 Million Grant to Tackle Post-Traumatic Epilepsy
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Approximately 1 in 50 people who suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) will develop post-traumatic epilepsy (PTE)—with the risk of PTE significantly higher in people with severe TBI. PTE is characterized by recurring seizures that begin a week or more after the brain injury, and there is currently no way to identify those at risk for developing PTE or to prevent its onset.

Newswise: Addressing Status Epilepticus Management in Low-Resource Regions: “Where Do We Fit in?”
Released: 11-May-2022 4:25 PM EDT
Addressing Status Epilepticus Management in Low-Resource Regions: “Where Do We Fit in?”
International League Against Epilepsy

Low-resource areas face multiple challenges to diagnosing and treating long-lasting seizures, or status epilepticus. We talked with neurologists in four countries about how status epilepticus is managed in their areas.

9-May-2022 12:45 PM EDT
Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy Not Linked to Epilepsy in Children
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

A new study suggests that antidepressant use by mothers during the first trimester of pregnancy does not increase the chances of epilepsy and seizures in babies. The research is published in the May 11, 2022, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Released: 11-May-2022 8:05 AM EDT
Some Shunts Used After Epilepsy Surgery May Risk Chronic Headaches
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

First-of-its-kind study by Rutgers associates some types of shunts used after epilepsy surgery with brains shifting toward the side of the skull.

Released: 4-May-2022 12:35 PM EDT
The role of the cerebellum in absence seizures
Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Stimulation of certain cerebellar areas could help combat absence seizures.

Newswise: El capítulo de la ILAE de El Salvador está construyendo una infraestructura para el cuidado de la epilepsia desde cero. ¿Cómo se ve eso?
Released: 2-May-2022 10:05 AM EDT
El capítulo de la ILAE de El Salvador está construyendo una infraestructura para el cuidado de la epilepsia desde cero. ¿Cómo se ve eso?
International League Against Epilepsy

La brecha de tratamiento de la epilepsia en El Salvador es de 60% a 70%. Junto con la concientización sobre la epilepsia y las necesidades educativas, los recursos son una barrera importante para la atención óptima de las personas con epilepsia.

Newswise: May 2022 Issue of Neurosurgical Focus: “Neurocutaneous Disorders”
25-Apr-2022 9:40 AM EDT
May 2022 Issue of Neurosurgical Focus: “Neurocutaneous Disorders”
Journal of Neurosurgery

Announcement of contents of the May 2022 issue of Neurosurgical Focus

Newswise: Tufts University Researchers Discover New Function Performed by Nearly Half of Brain Cells
28-Apr-2022 8:45 AM EDT
Tufts University Researchers Discover New Function Performed by Nearly Half of Brain Cells
Tufts University

Researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine have discovered a previously unknown function performed by a type of cell that comprises nearly half of all cells in the brain. The scientists say this discovery in mice of a new function by cells known as astrocytes opens a whole new direction for neuroscience research that might one day lead to treatments for many disorders ranging from epilepsy to Alzheimer’s to traumatic brain injury.

Newswise: Crisis response in Ukraine: National and international efforts to secure medication and care for people with epilepsy
Released: 25-Apr-2022 2:20 PM EDT
Crisis response in Ukraine: National and international efforts to secure medication and care for people with epilepsy
International League Against Epilepsy

Since the war began in late February, Ukraine neurologists have been committed to helping citizens with epilepsy, many of whom have lost access to medications and regular care.

Newswise: Seizures in the Canadian Arctic: A public health crisis, hidden in plain sight
Released: 25-Apr-2022 1:50 PM EDT
Seizures in the Canadian Arctic: A public health crisis, hidden in plain sight
International League Against Epilepsy

He set out to research the effect of polar day-night patterns on seizure frequency and epilepsy. He found something he never expected: a public health crisis in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, relevant to geographically isolated communities and Indigenous peoples.

Newswise: ROSA to the Occasion: Epilepsy Care Gets Robotic Boost at UC San Diego Health
Released: 25-Apr-2022 1:20 PM EDT
ROSA to the Occasion: Epilepsy Care Gets Robotic Boost at UC San Diego Health
University of California San Diego Health

Epilepsy treatment, and hopefully quality of life for one 18-year-old patient, receives robotic boost at UC San Diego Health.

Newswise: Fetal exposure to drugs may affect infants’ brain development
Released: 20-Apr-2022 11:20 AM EDT
Fetal exposure to drugs may affect infants’ brain development
University of Helsinki

New study demonstrates that in utero exposure to mother’s antiepileptic or antidepressant medication may affect development of the newborn brain networks.

Newswise: Scientists identify novel approach to preventing seizures
Released: 14-Apr-2022 10:05 AM EDT
Scientists identify novel approach to preventing seizures
Trinity College Dublin

Scientists at Trinity College Dublin have announced a significant advance in our understanding of epilepsy, as they have identified a potential method of preventing damaging seizure activity.

Newswise: Physician volunteers work to improve epilepsy care in El Salvador
Released: 13-Apr-2022 12:10 PM EDT
Physician volunteers work to improve epilepsy care in El Salvador
International League Against Epilepsy

“We don’t have a lot of the basics that other countries have in terms of health infrastructure, or even our own epilepsy statistics. We are trying to build something from scratch.” - epileptologist Ovidio Solano Cabrera

Released: 7-Apr-2022 2:45 PM EDT
Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital Is First in Manhattan to Use Cutting-Edge Seizure Monitoring Technology for Critically Ill Children
Mount Sinai Health System

Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital will be the first children’s hospital in Manhattan to use a new, state-of-the art seizure monitoring device that facilitates rapid, point-of-care detection and diagnosis of non-convulsive seizure activity in critically ill children to ensure they receive optimal treatment as quickly as possible.

5-Apr-2022 3:20 PM EDT
Some Types of Epilepsy May Be Associated with Worse Quality of Life
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

A new study suggests that people with epilepsy associated with head injuries, especially the type not well controlled by medication, are more likely to have other health conditions like depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), back pain and headache that may result in them reporting a lower quality of life. The research is published in the April 6, 2022, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Other conditions included chronic conditions like high blood pressure, sleep disorders, and behavioral health conditions like anxiety.

Released: 5-Apr-2022 3:55 PM EDT
The latest news on clinical trials is here on Newswise
Newswise

Here are some of the latest articles that have been added to the Clinical Trials channel on Newswise.

Newswise: Cedars-Sinai Neurologists Participate in American Academy of Neurology Conference
Released: 30-Mar-2022 5:05 PM EDT
Cedars-Sinai Neurologists Participate in American Academy of Neurology Conference
Cedars-Sinai

Cedars-Sinai neurology experts are available to discuss the latest advances in research and clinical care for patients with disorders of the nervous system ahead of the 74th annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), happening April 2-7.

24-Mar-2022 4:05 PM EDT
CHOP Researchers Redefine the Mechanisms of Dravet Syndrome
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Researchers have found that dysfunction in an important cell subtype in the brain’s neuronal network contribute to chronic symptoms in the neurodevelopmental disorder Dravet syndrome.

Newswise: Abordar la ansiedad en personas con epilepsia: el poder del neurólogo
Released: 28-Mar-2022 2:20 PM EDT
Abordar la ansiedad en personas con epilepsia: el poder del neurólogo
International League Against Epilepsy

Los estudios estiman que al menos un 25% de las personas con epilepsia padece algún trastorno de ansiedad, sin embargo, la ansiedad esta subdiagnosticada e insuficientemente tratada. Comúnmente se presta más atención a la depresión, posiblemente debido al riesgo de suicidio.

Released: 25-Mar-2022 11:15 AM EDT
Vagus Nerve Stimulation Lowers Costs of Care for Children with Uncontrolled Epilepsy
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

A new study from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago published in the journal Epilepsia examined a population of pediatric patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. For these patients, the study found that the patients who received vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), when used with anti-seizure medications (ASM), had lower hospital costs compared to the use of ASM alone. The study found that the patients treated with ASM plus VNS had savings of over $3,000 of epilepsy-related annual costs per year, compared to treatment with ASM only.

Newswise: Podcast: Discovering new drugs for epilepsy: Dr. Karen Wilcox
Released: 24-Mar-2022 2:05 PM EDT
Podcast: Discovering new drugs for epilepsy: Dr. Karen Wilcox
International League Against Epilepsy

Anti-seizure medications are not a cure, and about 30% of people with epilepsy don't respond to them. How are new medications discovered, and what's on the horizon?

Newswise:Video Embedded concert-hall-acoustics-for-non-invasive-ultrasound-brain-treatments
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Released: 23-Mar-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Concert hall acoustics for non-invasive ultrasound brain treatments
University of California San Diego

A team led by engineers at the University of California San Diego has developed a device that is a first step to enabling noninvasive, ultrasound-based therapies for the brain. For example, ultrasound waves are currently being used in clinical trials to treat epilepsy.

Released: 22-Mar-2022 10:55 AM EDT
Emotion, stress cues in social media posts might be early warnings in epilepsy deaths
Binghamton University, State University of New York

A new study from an international team of researchers — including two from Binghamton University — demonstrates that social media could be used to detect behaviors preceding sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), the leading cause of death in people with uncontrolled epileptic seizures.

Newswise: Deep brain stimulation for epilepsy: Dr. Robert Fisher
Released: 17-Mar-2022 10:30 AM EDT
Deep brain stimulation for epilepsy: Dr. Robert Fisher
International League Against Epilepsy

Deep-brain stimulation (DBS) is the newest of three types of neuromodulation for epilepsy. Targeted electrical pulses inhibit a network in the brain involved in starting and spreading seizures. This interference is linked with a reduction in the number and/or severity of seizures.

Released: 16-Mar-2022 12:40 PM EDT
Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health Pediatric Neurosurgeon Performs First Endoscopic-Assisted Corpus Callosotomy Surgery to Treat Epilepsy
Hackensack Meridian Health

First corpus callosotomy surgery performed at Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center

Released: 14-Mar-2022 7:05 AM EDT
American Neurological Association Announces Key Plenaries for 147th Annual Meeting October 22–25, 2022, in Chicago
American Neurological Association (ANA)

The 147th Annual Meeting of the American Neurological Association (taking place in-person October 22–25, 2022 in Chicago) will explore new frontiers in neurology, including climate change and the brain, lab-grown brain structures for studying disease, and addressing disparities in neurologic care.

Released: 9-Mar-2022 3:05 PM EST
Conflict in Ukraine has serious repercussions for people with epilepsy and the health professionals who support them
International League Against Epilepsy

About 250,000 people in Ukraine have epilepsy, which requires daily medication. But supplies of anti-seizure medications are running low in Ukraine, and nearly 2 million people have fled into neighboring countries, with more likely to follow over the coming weeks.

Newswise: Study hints at how early life experiences may affect brain wiring
9-Mar-2022 2:00 PM EST
Study hints at how early life experiences may affect brain wiring
Ohio State University

A new study of brain development in mice shortly after birth may provide insights into how early life events can affect wiring patterns in the brain that manifest as disease later in life – specifically such disorders as schizophrenia, epilepsy and autism.

Newswise: Experts Available to Discuss MS, Epilepsy and Brain Injuries During March Awareness Months
Released: 8-Mar-2022 3:50 PM EST
Experts Available to Discuss MS, Epilepsy and Brain Injuries During March Awareness Months
Cedars-Sinai

The brain is front and center during March, and experts from the Cedars-Sinai departments of Neurology & Neurosurgery are available for interviews about the latest research and treatments for neurological diseases and conditions, including multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and traumatic brain injuries.

Newswise: Expanding Epilepsy Surgery Options for Children
Released: 7-Mar-2022 10:05 AM EST
Expanding Epilepsy Surgery Options for Children
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Responsive neurostimulation is the latest advance offering hope for children with treatment-resistant epilepsy. For more than a third of children with epilepsy, medications are not enough to control their seizures. Surgery can be an excellent option for many of these treatment-resistant patients, but not every child is a good candidate.


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