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June 10, 2024

New Research Finds Half of People Living with Dravet Syndrome Experience Feeding Problems

A study has found that over half of children and adults with Dravet syndrome have experienced some form of feeding problem, with some reporting multiple issues. Dravet syndrome is a rare and complex type of epilepsy associated with difficult to treat seizures, as well as intellectual and behavioral difficulties.

June 10, 2024

Emergency Departments Frequently Miss Signs of Epilepsy in Children

A subtle type of seizure goes undetected two-thirds of the time in pediatric emergency departments, a new study shows. The work focuses on “nonmotor” seizures, which cause children to ‘zone out’ and stare into space or fidget.

June 10, 2024

Gene Linked to Epilepsy, Autism Decoded in New Study

A new Northwestern Medicine study helps explain how changes in the SCN2A gene affect whether a child will develop autism or epilepsy.

May 21, 2024

Hypertension and Other Vascular Risk Factors in Patients with Functional Seizures

Overall, the findings show that patients with functional seizures experience a greater prevalence of vascular risk factors that may contribute to the development of cerebrovascular and cardiovascular disease, as well as mortality.

May 21, 2024

Early Intervention After the First Seizure May Prevent Long-Term Epilepsy and Associated Cognitive Deficits

The findings suggest a promising target for developing treatments for epilepsy and preventing the downstream effects of seizures.

May 21, 2024

Epilepsy Research in Low-Resource Areas: The Complexities of Data and Consent

Although 80% of people with epilepsy live in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), most epilepsy research originates in high-income regions.

May 21, 2024

Stoke Therapeutics Announces Data That Support the Potential for STK-001 to be the First Disease-Modifying Medicine for the Treatment of Patients with Dravet Syndrome

The improvements in skills like communication, behavior, socialization, and movement distinguish this approach from anything seen to date and mark the entry into a new era in the treatment of Dravet syndrome.

May 21, 2024

Sleep Apnea Linked with Late-Life Epilepsy

The link between epilepsy and the breathing disorders of sleep apnea was strong. "People whose oxygen saturation fell below 80% during sleep, a condition known as nocturnal hypoxia, were three times more likely to develop late-onset epilepsy compared to those who did not have similarly low oxygen levels".

April 15, 2024

Transcriptomic Alterations in Cortical Astrocytes Following the Development of Post-Traumatic Epilepsy (PTE)

Featuring work of CURE Grantees Drs. Michelle Olsen and Michelle Theus. This work supports the ideas that astrocytes play a vital role in the progression of epileptogenesis following TBI.

April 15, 2024

Praxis Precision Medicines Reports Positive Results of PRAX-628 Study Evaluating Photo Paroxysmal Response (PPR) Achieving 100% Response in Treated Patients

“With such a clear response, we have advanced our planning of the focal epilepsy efficacy study for PRAX-628, expected to begin in the second half of 2024. We extend our thanks to the patients who participated in this PPR study,”

April 15, 2024

Study Reveals Key Mechanisms of a Rare Form of Epilepsy

This study reveals that the presence of KCNQ2 G256W variants affects both molecular and cellular aspects of KCNQ channel activity, including their ion-carrying capacity, expression, and placement within cells.

April 15, 2024

New Method Developed for Triggering and Imaging Seizures in Epilepsy Patients

Featuring work from CURE Epilepsy Grantee Dr. Maxime O. Baud. Researchers have developed a new method for triggering and imaging seizures in epilepsy patients, offering physicians the ability to collect real-time data to tailor epilepsy surgery.

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