Central nervous system http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/27029/all en Japan tsunami stress may have brought on seizures: study http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/japan-tsunami-stress-may-have-brought-seizures-study <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Jan 21 (Reuters) - The number of seizure patients in a northern Japanese fishing community devastated by the March 11, 2011 tsunami spiked in the weeks following the disaster, according to a Japanese study.</p> <p>The study, published in the journal Epilepsia, looked at 440 patient records from Kesennuma City Hospital, in a city that was devastated by the massive tsunami touched off by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/japan-tsunami-stress-may-have-brought-seizures-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brain Central nervous system Disaster Epilepsy Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Jan 2013 02:15:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5737047 at http://www.globalpost.com Australia-led study in epilepsy breakthrough http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130402/australia-led-study-epilepsy-breakthrough <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>An Australia-led study has identified a gene associated with a common form of epilepsy which could lead to earlier diagnosis, a researcher said Tuesday.</p> <p>Melbourne University academic Ingrid Scheffer said a number of genes linked to epilepsy were known to scientists, but these related to rare families in which a large number of members had the condition.</p> <p>"The reason that this discovery is very important is that it's not just for rare families, we think it will be a gene that will be important for people without a family history," Scheffer told AFP.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130402/australia-led-study-epilepsy-breakthrough" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brain Central nervous system Medical terms Technology AFP Tue, 02 Apr 2013 06:30:45 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5799009 at http://www.globalpost.com Scientists develop epilepsy warning device http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130502/scientists-develop-epilepsy-warning-device <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A tiny device implanted in the brain of epilepsy sufferers has for the fist time been able to predict the onset of seizures, scientists reported on Thursday.</p> <p>The potentially life-saving device works with electrodes that monitor electrical activity on the brain surface, they wrote in The Lancet Neurology.</p> <p>The electrodes were connected to a second device implanted under the skin of the chest, which transmitted the data wirelessly to a hand-held device that calculated the probability of a seizure.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130502/scientists-develop-epilepsy-warning-device" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brain Central nervous system Disaster Epilepsy Technology AFP Thu, 02 May 2013 11:00:21 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5829755 at http://www.globalpost.com