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Can community-based interventions help to close the epilepsy treatment gap?

More than 50 million people have epilepsy; about 80% live in lower- or middle-income countries, where diagnosis and treatment can be difficult or impossible. The percentage of people with epilepsy that is not receiving treatment is known as the...
1-Jul-2020 2:55 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Suspended studies and virtual lab meetings: How the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting epilepsy researchers

How was epilepsy research forced to morph during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic? Researchers from 11 countries shared their experiences and thoughts on the future of laboratory research, clinical trials, and in-person conferences.
1-Jul-2020 10:10 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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A deeper dive into epilepsy: Integrating tools for characterizing focal cortical dysplasia

Journal Prize winner Zhong Ying integrated genetics, clinical presentation, EEG, MRI, and histopathological diagnosis in a group of people with drug-resistant epilepsy. All had a specific type of brain lesion that can be difficult to identify.
24-Jun-2020 6:45 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Bridging the information gap with new EEG techniques for epilepsy

Journal Prize winner Ana Coito is developing methods to extract information from EEG readings about brain connectivity and information exchange. Her award-winning research focused on applying these methods to low-density EEG readings, which would...
24-Jun-2020 6:40 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Harnessing complexity to advance epilepsy research: Learning the language of EEG spike-wave discharges

Journal Prize winner Jesse A. Pfammatter found that certain EEG patterns that indicate absence epilepsy may hold more information than previously thought.
24-Jun-2020 6:40 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Improving treatment for psychogenic seizures: “This is a group of patients that we are taking less seriously”

Journal prize winner Benjamin Tolchin tested motivational interviewing to help people with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) start and continue psychotherapy. Often mistaken for epilepsy, these seizures cause serious problems, yet many...
23-Jun-2020 2:45 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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From bench to beach: Award-winning epilepsy researcher furthers understanding of how cannabidiol stops seizures

Lyndsey Anderson traveled halfway around the world to do epilepsy research in Sydney, Australia. Recently, she was awarded ILAE's 2020 Epilepsia Prize for Basic Science Research.
23-Jun-2020 1:55 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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When seizures don't stop: What's the latest in treating status epilepticus?

When seizures last longer than about 5 minutes--a condition called status epilepticus--emergency treatment is required. About two-thirds of people respond to initial treatment with benzodiazepines, but the others need a second drug. Which drug to...
26-May-2020 2:50 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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The International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) is the world's preeminent association of health care professionals and scientists working toward a world where no person's life is limited by epilepsy.


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