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A New NYC Epilepsy Unit, Cost of Premature Births, ACA Repeal Headaches, and More in the Healthcare News Source

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A Dedicated Epilepsy Unit Opens at NYU Langone Hospital – Brooklyn

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NYU Langone Hospital – Brooklyn has opened a new state-of-the-art Epilepsy Unit to address the immense community need for epilepsy care.

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Toxoplasma Gondii, Epilepsy, Cancer

Systems Analysis Points to Links Between Toxoplasma Infection and Common Brain Diseases

Nearly one out of every three humans on earth has a lifelong infection with the brain-dwelling parasite Toxoplasma gondii. In the September 13 issue of Scientific Reports, researchers from multiple institutions describe efforts to learn how infection with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii may alter, and in some cases amplify, several brain disorders, including epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases as well as some cancers.

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Children's Anxiety, Thriving After Cancer, Unnecessary Antibiotics, and More in the Children's Health News Source

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Mayo Clinic Monthly News Tips - August 2017 Headlines

Balancing school and sleep; Researchers report link between cells associated with aging and bone loss; Discovery of new prostate cancer biomarkers could improve precision therapy...

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Study: Most Newborns with Epilepsy Benefit From Genetic Testing

The younger the epilepsy begins, the more likely doctors are to find a genetic cause that may help with treatment.

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Epilepsy, Children, Precision Medicine, Genetic Testing, Seizures, Diagnosis

Genetic Testing Helps Detect Cause of Early Life Epilepsy

A study published in JAMA Pediatrics supports the use of genetic testing, especially with sequencing, as first-line diagnostic method for young children with seizures. Specific genetic factors were found to be the cause of epilepsy in 40 percent of patients evaluated for first presentation with seizures. Genetic testing also yielded a diagnosis in 25 percent of children who had epilepsy with an otherwise unknown cause.

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Epilepsy, Movement Disorders, GNAO1, G Protein Subunit Alpha O1, Gain-of-function mutations, Loss-of-function mutations, genes, Gene Mutations, rare disease, CRISPR

A Rogue Gene Is Causing Seizures in Babies. Here’s How MSU Wants to Stop It

Two rare diseases caused by a malfunctioning gene that triggers seizures or involuntary movements in children as early as a few days old have left scientists searching for answers and better treatment options.

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Alzheimber's Disease, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Neuroscience

Anti-Epilepsy Drug Restores Normal Brain Activity in Mild Alzheimer’s Disease

In a recent feasibility study, BIDMC tested an anti-epileptic drug for its potential impact on the brain activity of patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease. The team documented changes in patients’ EEGs that suggest the drug could have a beneficial effect.

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Molecule May Help Maintain Brain’s Synaptic Balance

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Many neurological diseases are malfunctions of synapses, or the points of contact between neurons that allow senses and other information to pass from finger to brain. In the brain, there is a careful balance between the excitatory synapses that allow messages to pass, and the inhibitory synapses that dampen the signal. When that balance is off, the brain becomes unable to process information normally, leading to conditions like epilepsy. Now researchers at Jefferson have discovered a molecule that may play a role in helping maintain the balance of excitatory and inhibitory neurons. The results were published in the journal eLife.







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