A woman with epilepsy appears to be the first person in whom scientists have successfully ‘switched off’ consciousness.
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Scientists at the Robarts Research Institute may have found a new avenue of research that could lead to a new treatment for epilepsy. They believe they have found a new way to stop seizures – in a molecule from a Himalayan flower
Epilepsy Action and Dravet Syndrome UK have awarded a research grant to researchers at the UK’s Institute of Neurology. The grant is to fund research into Dravet syndrome, a rare form of childhood epilepsy. The money was given by TeamMAX, a fund set up in memory of Max Miller, who had Dravet syndrome, and died as a result of SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy) in June 2011.
The case for keeping fit continues to gather pace. Now it’s been extended to cover helping to ward off developing epilepsy in later life – if you’re a man.
A new Swedish study shows that young men with a fit heart showed a lower risk of developing epilepsy later in life.
Although a fully-formed artificial brain is still a long way off, scientists have found that they can assemble stem cells into ‘brain-like chunks of tissue’. Stem cells are cells that can change into any kind of cell in a living organism. This development could one day help scientists to develop new drugs to treat conditions like epilepsy.