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My epilepsy is so sensitive that a seizure can be triggered by camera flashes or the sun shining through railings... and I can never go to a nightclub again - (Nausea can be a sign of an impending seizure.) Epilepsy is ‘like an electrical short circuit in the wiring of the brain’, explains Professor John Duncan, a consultant neurologist at University ...

Middle Tennessee nonprofit funding service dogs for epilepsy patients - Epilepsy can even cause death, whether it be from a fall causing brain trauma or it can cause someone to choke or suffocate, especially if a seizure happens during sleep. So, McKenna’s family looked ...

Service dogs may reduce seizures in people with epilepsy - Perhaps by reducing anxiety, a service dog can help reduce seizures in people with tough-to-treat epilepsy, a new study finds. A group of 25 study participants had an average 31% fewer seizures after ...

Service Dogs May Lessen Seizure Frequency in Folks With Epilepsy - Perhaps by reducing anxiety, a service dog can help reduce seizures in people with tough-to-treat epilepsy, a new study finds. A group of 25 study participants had an average 31% fewer seizures after ...

Posttraumatic Epilepsy Tied to Higher Dementia Risk - Posttraumatic epilepsy was associated with a significantly higher risk for long-term dementia compared with no history of either head injury or epilepsy or either condition alone.

For people with tough-to-treat epilepsy, seizure dogs may reduce seizures - For the study, researchers looked at adults with severe epilepsy who had been unable to find effective treatment to reduce seizures. "Despite the development of numerous anti-seizure medications over ...

12-year-old epilepsy patient celebrated post life-saving brain surgery - Over time, his epilepsy episodes worsened to the point where he couldn ... "To watch my son just be able to walk without a gate belt, and worrying about him having a seizure and hitting his face… the ...

Woman has 120-mile round trip to get epilepsy drug - A woman said she was forced on a 120-mile round trip to get hold of vital medicine because of a national shortage. Hannah Hiles, of Staffordshire, has epilepsy and has taken the drug Tegretol for 25 ...

Epilepsy medication shortage 'making me anxious' - A man with epilepsy has said he has been left feeling "anxious" after struggling to get hold of the medication he needs for his condition. Peter Clunie, 69, from Earley, Berkshire, recently tried five ...

Empatica Reveals Next Generation FDA-Cleared Epilepsy Watch and Launches AI Seizure Forecasting Study - EpiMonitor has been FDA-cleared for use in adult and children populations aged 6 and up, and is the only wearable solution with regulatory approval for seizure detection available ...

Neurofeedback News

How Neurofeedback Can Help Troubled Couples Get Back on the Same Wavelength - So when Joshua's psychologist, David Helfand of St. Johnsbury, suggested he try a similar technique — neurofeedback — to address his social anxiety and relationship woes, Joshua approached it ...

Microcurrent Neurofeedback Therapy Improves Depression, Anxiety, PTSD - The pilot study finds that microcurrent neurofeedback therapy shows promise in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and PTSD, expanding the use of noninvasive therapies for mental health. Passive ...

Neurofeedback for the Treatment of Children and Adolescents With ADHD - Background: A randomized and controlled clinical study was performed to evaluate the use of neurofeedback (NF) to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD ...

Neurofeedback to Cure ADHD - All three produced side effects, and none of them really worked. They decided to try neurofeedback, using video games that teach the brain to focus and concentrate. In a game, called glider ...

Live music strikes a deeper chord in the brain than recorded tunes, study finds - Live music performances evoke a significantly stronger emotional response in the brain compared to recorded music, according to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of ...

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Pediatric neuromodulation for drug-resistant epilepsy: Survey of current practices, techniques, and outcomes across US epilepsy centers - Neuromodulation via Responsive Neurostimulation (RNS) or Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is an emerging treatment strategy for pediatric drug-resistant epilepsy (DRE). Knowledge gaps exist in patient selection, surgical technique, and perioperative care. Here, we use an expert survey to clarify practices. Thirty-two members of the Pediatric Epilepsy Research Consortium were surveyed using REDCap. ...

SMC1A epilepsy syndrome: clinical data from a large international cohort - SMC1A epilepsy syndrome or developmental and epileptic encephalopathy-85 with or without midline brain defects (DEE85, OMIM #301044) is an X-linked neurologic disorder associated with mutations of the SMC1A gene, which is also responsible for about 5% of patients affected by Cornelia de Lange syndrome spectrum (CdLS). Only described in female patients, SMC1A epilepsy syndrome is characterized b...

Grading system for assessing the confidence in the epileptogenic zone reported in published studies: A Delphi consensus study - OBJECTIVE: This study was undertaken to develop a standardized grading system based on expert consensus for evaluating the level of confidence in the localization of the epileptogenic zone (EZ) as reported in published studies, to harmonize and facilitate systematic reviews in the field of epilepsy surgery.

Intraoperative ECoG in bottom-of-the-sulcus syndrome using a novel flexible strip electrode - The recording of epileptiform discharges from bottom-of-sulcus focal cortical dysplasia (BOSD) is often difficult during intraoperative electrocorticography (ECoG) due to the deep localization. We describe the use in this scenario of a new-generation electrode strip with high flexibility, easily adapted to cortical gyri and sulci. A right-handed 20-year-old male with drug-resistant focal epilep...

Differential effects of antiseizure medications on neurogenesis: Evidence from cells to animals - Neurogenesis, the process of generating functionally integrated neurons from neural stem and progenitor cells, is involved in brain development during embryonic stages but continues throughout life. Adult neurogenesis plays essential roles in many brain functions such as cognition, brain plasticity, and repair. Abnormalities in neurogenesis have been described in many neuropsychiatric and neuro...

A Case of Focal Seizures Presented With Recurrent Sweating and Chills - Focal seizures, characterized by excessive electrical excitation in a brain region, present diagnostic challenges due to diverse manifestations, particularly with non-motor symptoms. Here, we present a 69-year-old Japanese woman experiencing unexplained recurrent episodes of sweating, chills, and shivering. Despite exhaustive investigations that identified no abnormalities, her symptoms remaine...

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Brain signal irregularity may provide clues to understanding epileptic process - Researchers propose a new method to differentiate signals from the epileptic focus from those recorded in other parts of the brain without the presence of an epileptic seizure. This technique may help detect epilepsy-induced features from these signals much quicker than conventional analysis techniques.

Breakthrough tech enables seizure localization in minutes - New research introduces a novel network analysis technology that uses minimally invasive resting state electrophysiological recordings to localize seizure onset brain regions and predict seizure outcomes in just 10 minutes.

Antidepressant use during pregnancy not linked to epilepsy in children - A new study suggests that antidepressant use by mothers during the first trimester of pregnancy does not increase the chances of epilepsy and seizures in babies.

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