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    21-May-2019 8:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 712978

What’s the Right Amount of ‘Zapping’ in Epilepsy Laser Surgery?

Thomas Jefferson University

A multicenter trial of minimally invasive laser surgery to treat epileptic seizures reveals approaches for better seizure control with fewer side effects.

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16-May-2019 9:00 AM EDT
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    16-May-2019 11:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 712760

CHOP Researchers Use Novel Tool to Mine Clinical Data and Identify Causative Gene in Severe Childhood Epilepsy

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

A team of researchers discovered a new gene associated with severe childhood epilepsy using a novel computational approach. The team systematically compared phenotypes, or clinical data, of patients with severe childhood epilepsies through a novel analysis strategy and looked for common genetic causes in patients who had similar clinical presentations. This is the first time that such an analysis of clinical data has been used to identify novel genetic causes of neurological disorders, and this new computational method has the potential to help patients with a variety of complex and difficult-to-diagnose conditions.

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13-May-2019 10:05 AM EDT
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    16-May-2019 2:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 712855

Brain network activity can improve in epilepsy patients after surgery

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Successful epilepsy surgery can improve brain connectivity similar to patterns seen in people without epilepsy, according to a new study published in the journal Neurosurgery.

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14-May-2019 2:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 712475

Biophysicists Resolve True Structure of Highly Promising Optogenetic Protein KR2 Rhodopsin

Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT)

A team of biophysicists has discovered and studied the structure of the KR2 rhodopsin under physiological conditions. This pioneering work breaks ground for a future breakthrough in optogenetics, a highly relevant area of biomedicine with applications in neurological disease treatment and more. The fundamental discovery will lead to a new instrument for efficient therapy of depression, anxiety disorders, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease.

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7-May-2019 11:45 AM EDT
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Article ID: 712418

ILAE creates curriculum and standards for epilepsy education worldwide

International League Against Epilepsy

The International League Against Epilepsy's Task Force for Epilepsy Education has developed a roadmap for a competency-based curriculum in epileptology. The curriculum is meant to address educational gaps and strengthen the knowledge of all health professionals who care for people with epilepsy.

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6-May-2019 12:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 712414

Barriers to epilepsy surgery evaluation: Reports from physicians and patients

International League Against Epilepsy

Though the success rate of epilepsy surgery can be higher than 80% for certain seizure types, only a small fraction of people with drug-resistant epilepsy are referred for surgical evaluation. A study of 185 people with epilepsy, all seen at clinics in Germany, investigated why this might be.

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6-May-2019 11:05 AM EDT
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    30-Apr-2019 4:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 712052

Cannabis-based Medicine May Reduce Seizures for Children with Difficult-to-Treat Epilepsy

American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Taking a pharmaceutical formulation of cannabidiol, a cannabis-based medicine, cut seizures nearly in half for children with a rare and severe type of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome, according to a phase 3 study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 71st Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, May 4 to 10, 2019. Dravet syndrome, which starts in infancy, can lead to intellectual disability and frequent, prolonged seizures. Cannabidiol is derived from marijuana that does not include the psychoactive part of the plant that creates a “high.”

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29-Apr-2019 1:00 PM EDT
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    30-Apr-2019 12:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 712074

Can the Effects of the Ketogenic Diet Help Prevent Epilepsy After Traumatic Brain Injury?

Tufts University

Neuroscientists at Tufts prevented the development of epileptic activity in mice after traumatic brain injury by using a drug that mimics the metabolic effects of the ketogenic diet.

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29-Apr-2019 2:55 PM EDT
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Article ID: 712113

Unraveling Cannabinoids

Harvard Medical School

Harvard Medical School, MIT receive $9 million to study neurobiology, physiologic effects of cannabinoids

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30-Apr-2019 10:05 AM EDT
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    15-Apr-2019 11:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 711145

Stimulating the Epileptic Brain Breaks Up Neural Networks to Prevent Seizures

Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Reactive neurostimulation reduces seizure frequency by remodeling the brain, and early electrical signatures of this process could be used to accelerate and personalize treatment.

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11-Apr-2019 12:00 PM EDT

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