Epilepsy is made worse by restricting neuronal energy

Researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and the EPFL investigated whether they could treat epilepsy and neuronal hyperactivity by lowering the energy provided to and required for the proper functioning of neurons. Around 50 million people worldwide suffer from epilepsy, a chronic noncommunicable brain condition. Epilepsy is characterised by recurring seizures that are brought […]

Pregnancy-related usage of medications for epilepsy and migraines can result in birth abnormalities

A study recently published open-access journal PLOS Biology by Bill Keyes of the Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology, France, and colleagues reveals one reason why: valproic acid (VPA) puts some cells of the developing nervous system into senescence, a kind of halted state that keeps them from growing and dividing correctly. VPA […]

Anti-seizure Drugs Reported to be Safe During Pregnancy

Breastfeeding reduces the incidence of respiratory tract infections, atopic dermatitis, asthma, and diabetes in children, as well as diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and postpartum depression in mothers. Despite these advantages, some women may choose to discontinue nursing due to worries about the risks of antiepileptic drug exposure. During a presentation of the results of […]

Salt in tumours has been revealed to assist in the diagnosis and therapy of breast cancer by scientists

Breast cancer is the biggest cause of cancer-related death in women globally, with roughly 55,920 new cases diagnosed each year in the UK. Researchers have discovered a method for detecting salt levels in breast cancer tumours in mice using sodium magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). According to the researchers, imaging salt levels could be a crucial […]

Team identifies compound with powerful anti-seizure effects

Researchers studying temporal lobe epilepsy, the most common type of epilepsy, discovered a chemical that decreases seizures in the hippocampus, which is where many of these seizures start. The scientists report their findings in the journal Epilepsia. In mice, the chemical TC-2153 reduced the intensity of seizures. “We found that TC-2153 ultimately reduces seizure severity […]

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