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Newswise: Epilepsy and caregiver stress: How one family counters stress by giving back

Article ID: 719345

Epilepsy and caregiver stress: How one family counters stress by giving back

International League Against Epilepsy

Epilepsy affects entire families, with impacts on caregivers' physical health, emotional functioning, social relationships, employment and finances. Caregivers and siblings are at risk for post-traumatic stress. Here's how one family works to channel their stress and frustration into helping others.

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20-Sep-2019 9:50 AM EDT
Newswise: Epilepsy and the family: Caregiver stress and sibling experiences

Article ID: 718066

Epilepsy and the family: Caregiver stress and sibling experiences

International League Against Epilepsy

Epilepsy affects entire families. Research shows that uncontrolled seizures can lead to the development of PTSD in caregivers and siblings. Family members also may struggle with anxiety and depression, as well as guilt and fear.

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27-Aug-2019 11:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 718058

The other side of seizure freedom: "I kind of wish my epilepsy was back"

International League Against Epilepsy

It might seem that there’s no downside to successful epilepsy surgery. Who wouldn’t want to be free of seizures that limit their life? But there are challenges to seizure freedom after years of living with epilepsy. The “burden of normality” can disrupt a person’s life and their relationships.

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27-Aug-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Newswise: Firework Memories

Article ID: 717585

Firework Memories

Weizmann Institute of Science

Prof. Rafael Malach’s lab has revealed a neuronal mechanism central to free recall. Working with people hospitalized with epilepsy who had implanted electrodes, the team recorded, for the first time, “hippocampal ripples” – synchronized bursts of activity that Prof. Malach calls “a nerve-cell fireworks display.”

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16-Aug-2019 12:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 717406

Nerve Stimulation + Repetitive Sounds Help Improve Hearing

American Physiological Society (APS)

Combining seizure-preventing electrical stimulation with repetitive musical tones improves processing of sounds in the brain, according to new research. The discovery may provide relief for chronic ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and aid communication skills in people with autism. The first-of-its-kind study, published ahead of print in the Journal of Neurophysiology (JNP), was chosen as an APSselect article for August.

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14-Aug-2019 7:00 AM EDT
Newswise: Epilepsy Is a Threat to Public Health, Says International Report

Article ID: 716518

Epilepsy Is a Threat to Public Health, Says International Report

International League Against Epilepsy

Worldwide, more than 50 million people are living with epilepsy. As many as 37 million are not receiving treatment, though it can cost as little as US$5 a year and eliminates seizures about two-thirds of the time. These findings and many others are published in "Epilepsy: A public health imperative", a report produced by ILAE, the World Health Organization and the International Bureau for Epilepsy.

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29-Jul-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Newswise: First Surgery with ROSA® Brain Robot in New Jersey 
Performed at Overlook Medical Center

Article ID: 716075

First Surgery with ROSA® Brain Robot in New Jersey Performed at Overlook Medical Center

Atlantic Health System

The first surgery in New Jersey using the ROSA Brain robot was performed by Ronald Benitez, MD, chief of endovascular neurosurgery, Overlook Medical Center. Conventional brain surgery for epilepsy requires a craniotomy. Using ROSA Brain, surgeons make tiny holes in the skull through which they insert electrodes to record brain activity and help pinpoint exactly which part of the brain is responsible for seizures. The robot can also assist in deep brain stimulation, trans-nasal and ventricular endoscopy, and brain biopsies.

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29-Jul-2019 4:00 AM EDT
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    25-Jul-2019 11:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 716333

Preclinical Study of Therapeutic Strategy for Lafora Disease Shows Promise

University of Kentucky

A team of scientists have designed and tested in mice a novel and promising therapeutic strategy for treating Lafora Disease (LD), a fatal form of childhood epilepsy. This new type of drug is a first-in-class therapy for LD and an example of precision medicine that has potential for treating other types of aggregate-based neurological diseases.

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25-Jul-2019 8:05 AM EDT

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