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Michela Gallagher

Existing Anti-Seizure Medication Improves Brain Function In Condition That Leads To Alzheimer’s Disease

An existing anti-seizure drug improves memory and brain function in adults with a form of cognitive impairment that often leads to full-blown Alzheimer’s disease, a Johns Hopkins University study has found. The findings raise the possibility that doctors will someday be able to use the drug, levetiracetam, already approved for use in epilepsy patients, to […]

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Researchers Find Neural Signature Of ‘Mental Time Travel’

Almost everyone has experienced one memory triggering another, but explanations for that phenomenon have proved elusive. Now, University of Pennsylvania researchers have provided the first neurobiological evidence that memories formed in the same context become linked – the foundation of the theory of episodic memory. The details were published in the journal Proceedings of the […]

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Unique Nerve-Stimulation Treatment Proves Effective Against Drug-Resistant Epilepsy

Medications are the mainstay of treatment for epilepsy, but for a considerable number of patients — estimated to be as many as 1 million in the U.S. — drugs do not work. These patients suffer from a type of epilepsy known as refractory or drug-resistant epilepsy, in which drugs cannot control their seizures. But at […]

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Cognitive Impairment Seen In Preschool Children With Epilepsy

A recent study has shown that cognitive impairment is evident early on in preschool children with epilepsy, which is consistent with results of similar studies in older children. Age of onset of first seizure is a significant predictor of cognitive impairment according to this study — the first to evaluate cognitive impairment in children age […]

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Prenatal Use Of Newer Antiepileptic Drugs Not Associated With Increased Risk Of Major Birth Defects

Use of newer-generation antiepileptic drugs, which are also prescribed for bipolar mood disorders and migraine headaches, during the first trimester of pregnancy was not associated with an increased risk of major birth defects in the first year of life among infants in Denmark, according to a study in the May 18 issue of JAMA. Older-generation […]

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Medication Nonadherence Patterns Among Children With Epilepsy Associated With Socioeconomic Status

Epilepsy is a disorder of recurrent unprovoked seizures that affects 325,000 children younger than 15 years in the United States. An examination of medication adherence among children with newly diagnosed epilepsy found that nearly 60 percent showed persistent nonadherence during the first 6 months of therapy, and that lower socioeconomic status was associated with higher […]

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Brain Neuroimaging Reveals Similarities Between Schizophrenia And Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

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. The findings of this study showed similarities with the brain cell patterns in people with schizophrenia. The research […]

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