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Persistent vegetative state: brain stimulation with laser beams

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[01/09/2014] The public only notices diseases when celebrities become patients: in the spring of 2014, Formula One driver Michael Schumacher fell into a coma for several months as the result of a head injury caused by a skiing accident. These types of accidents show how delicate the brain responds to injuries. Brain stimulation could possibly support the rehabilitation of vegetative patients.Persistent vegetative state: brain stimulation with laser beams - Read more

Neurology: Medical Marijuana to Treat Certain Brain Diseases

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Photo: Marijuana plants [13/05/2014] A review by the American Academy of Neurology on the use of medical marijuana in brain diseases finds certain forms of medical marijuana can help treat some symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), but do not appear to be helpful in treating drug-induced (levodopa) movements in Parkinson’s disease.Neurology: Medical Marijuana to Treat Certain Brain Diseases - Read more

Study: Altered Brain Connections in Epilepsy Patients

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Photo: Brain [21/11/2013] Patients with the most common form of focal epilepsy have widespread, abnormal connections in their brains that could provide clues toward diagnosis and treatment, according to a new study.Study: Altered Brain Connections in Epilepsy Patients - Read more

Stress: Great Strain for Parents with Chronically Ill Child

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Foto: Ill Child [25/09/2013] The extra demands on parents of chronically ill children cause stress that affects the whole family, according to a systematic review conducted by Case Western Reserve University researchers that also explored what factors in the child's care most contribute to the added strain.Stress: Great Strain for Parents with Chronically Ill Child - Read more

Algorithm: Accurate Prognosis for Epilepsy Patients

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Photo: Algorithm [18/07/2013] Researchers at Bonn University Hospital and at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) Cologne predict chances of success of a surgical procedure to help epilepsy patients.Algorithm: Accurate Prognosis for Epilepsy Patients - Read more

Imaging: New Technique Helps Patients with Epilepsy

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Photo: EEG curve [24/05/2013] New techniques in imaging of brain activity developed by Doctor Jean Gotman, from McGill University's Montreal Neurological Institute, and his colleagues lead to improved treatment of patients suffering from epilepsy.Imaging: New Technique Helps Patients with Epilepsy - Read more

Neurology: Nerve Stimulation Can Help Reorganise Brain

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Photo: Nerve cells [23/07/2012] University of Texas at Dallas researchers recently demonstrated how nerve stimulation paired with specific experiences, such as movements or sounds, can reorganise the brain. This technology could lead to new treatments for stroke, tinnitus, autism and other disorders.Neurology: Nerve Stimulation Can Help Reorganise Brain - Read more

Study: Gene Mutation Lead to Enlarged Brain Size, Cancer, Autism, Epilepsy

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Photo: Genes [04/07/2012] A research team led by Seattle Children's Research Institute has discovered new gene mutations associated with markedly enlarged brain size, or megalencephaly. Mutations in three genes, AKT3, PIK3R2 and PIK3CA, were also found to be associated with a constellation of disorders including cancer, hydrocephalus, epilepsy, autism, vascular anomalies and skin growth disorders. Study: Gene Mutation Lead to Enlarged Brain Size, Cancer, Autism, Epilepsy - Read more

Neurodegenerative Diseases: Glycogen Accumulation in Neurons Causes Brain Damage

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Photo: Microscope image [03/05/2012] Collaborative research by groups headed by scientists Joan J. Guinovart and Marco Milán at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) has revealed conclusive evidence about the harmful effects of the accumulation of glucose chains (glycogen) in fly and mouse neurons.Neurodegenerative Diseases: Glycogen Accumulation in Neurons Causes Brain Damage - Read more

DNA: Genome Sequencing Finds Unknown Cause of Epilepsy

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Photo: Sample of stored DNA [24/02/2012] Only 10 years ago, deciphering the genetic information from one individual in a matter of weeks to find a certain disease-causing genetic mutation would have been written off as science fiction. Now researchers of the University of Arizona applied Next Generation Genome Sequencing to decipher the entire DNA from a patient who had died from sudden unexplained epileptic death.DNA: Genome Sequencing Finds Unknown Cause of Epilepsy - Read more

Blood Vessels: Substance in Cancer Medicine Could Prevent Heart Attacks

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Photo: Patient with heart attack in emergency room; linked to [24/11/2011] A substance in medicines for cancer and epilepsy could also prevent heart attacks, according to researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, who have been using it to stimulate the body’s own defence system against blood clots.Blood Vessels: Substance in Cancer Medicine Could Prevent Heart Attacks - Read more

Epilepsy: Ultrathin Flexible Brain Implant Offers Unique Look at Seizures

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Photo: Brain Implant [18/11/2011] Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have developed a flexible brain implant that could one day be used to treat epileptic seizures. In animal studies, the researchers used the device – a type of electrode array that conforms to the brain's surface – to take an unprecedented look at the brain activity underlying seizures. Epilepsy: Ultrathin Flexible Brain Implant Offers Unique Look at Seizures - Read more

Epilepsy research in the brains of mice: “The cell activity can be modulated as desired“

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[08/11/2011] What exactly happens in the brain during an epileptic seizure? And can this knowledge help in finding better therapies for patients in the future? Epilepsy research in the brains of mice: “The cell activity can be modulated as desired“ - Read more

Study: Success of Brain Surgery for Severe Epilepsy

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[02/09/2011] Two-thirds of people with severe and otherwise untreatable epilepsy were completely cured of their frequent seizures after undergoing neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, according to a new study.Study: Success of Brain Surgery for Severe Epilepsy - Read more

Irish Study: Psychiatric Disorders Linked with Epilepsy

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[20/04/2011] Researchers from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, have conducted the first study of its kind to examine in detail, the basis of psychiatric disorders which occur in people with epilepsy. Irish Study: Psychiatric Disorders Linked with Epilepsy - Read more

Cardiac Pacing: Helping Epilepsy Patients With Ictal Asystole

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Photo: cardiac pacemaker [24/03/2011] Researchers have found that cardiac pacing may help epilepsy patients with seizure-related falls due to ictal asystole, an unusual condition in which the heart stops beating during an epileptic seizure. Cardiac Pacing: Helping Epilepsy Patients With Ictal Asystole - Read more

Prenatal diagnosis: On the trail of rare diseases

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On the trail of rare diseases [01/09/2010] The womb is more than the origin of life and the center of the universe – physicians and scientists have suspected this for a while. Allegedly the womb is also responsible for “programming” the foundations for many diseases (1) – like diabetes, hypertension and allergies – in the fetus.Prenatal diagnosis: On the trail of rare diseases - Read more

Remisssion Likely: Idiopathic Childhood-Onset Epilepsy

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[14/06/2010] A study conducted by researchers in the Netherlands confirmed that children with idiopathic new-onset epilepsy have a significantly higher rate of remission than those with remote symptomatic epilepsy. Remisssion Likely: Idiopathic Childhood-Onset Epilepsy - Read more

Implant: New Device Adapts to Brain’s Surface

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[22/04/2010] A new brain implant that essentially melts into place, fitting to the brain's surface, could pave the way for better devices to monitor and control seizures, and to transmit signals from the brain past damaged parts of the spinal cord.Implant: New Device Adapts to Brain’s Surface - Read more

Neurology: Reading the Brain without Poking it

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Reading the Brain without Poking it [08/07/2009] A University of Utah study shows that brain signals controlling arm movements can be detected accurately using new microelectrodes. These sit on the brain but do not penetrate it. Neurology: Reading the Brain without Poking it - Read more

Guidelines: Pregnancy Safe with Epilepsy

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[28/04/2009] New guidelines show it is relatively safe for women with epilepsy to become pregnant, but caution must be taken, including avoiding certain drugs that can cause birth defects.Guidelines: Pregnancy Safe with Epilepsy - Read more

Epilepsy: Nerve-Stimulation Device Shows Promise

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[27/03/2009] Researchers have developed a new nerve-stimulation treatment for intractable epilepsy which reduced the number of seizures by more than 50 percent.Epilepsy: Nerve-Stimulation Device Shows Promise - Read more

Neuroprosthetics: „There Is no Need to Outline any Horror Scenarios“

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[08/01/2009] Juice in the head: Neuroprosthetics which are connected to nerve endings in the brain electrically stimulate certain brain regions. Thus, the implants are supposed to reduce the effects of Parkinson’s or to help with depressions or the Tourette syndrome. Nevertheless, many people feel uneasy about the idea that a machine perches in their head possibly influencing their behaviour. Neuroprosthetics: „There Is no Need to Outline any Horror Scenarios“ - Read more

 
 

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