Nodding syndrome caused by response to parasitic protein

​ Researchers have linked Nodding syndrome, a devastating form of pediatric epilepsy found in specific areas of east Africa, to a parasitic worm that can cause river blindness. The study, published in Science Translational Medicine, suggests that the mysterious neurological disease may be caused by an autoimmune response to the parasitic proteins. "This study identifies a cause of Nodding syndrome. But more broadly, these findings provide a novel perspective on epilepsy and suggest that som...
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Role for GABA in accelerating brain activity - new mechanism for epilepsy

Following a prolonged epileptic seizures  neural connections of the brain may be rewired in an incorrect way. This may result in seizures that are difficult to control with medication. Mechanisms underlying this phenomenon are not entirely known, which makes current therapies ineffective in some patients. In a study, published in the Annals of Neurology, researchers at the  Neuroscience Center of the University of Helsinki have shown a role for gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA),...
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8th National Conference of the Association of Child Neurology (India) “ Bridging Advances and Basics in Child Neurology

​ Conference Title : 8th National Conference of the Association of Child Neurology " Bridging Advances and Basics in Child Neurology " Location: New Delhi, India Date: Feb. 3-5, 2017 Hosting Society: Association of Child Neurology Local Hosts: Dr. Rekha Mittal, Dr. Suvasini Sharma, Dr. Rakesh Jain Type of meeting: National Conference Participants: The 8th National conference of the Association of Child Neurology hosted approximately 400 attendees including 275 delegates (child neurologists, adul...
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MRI algorithm to predict which babies at high risk of developing autism

Joe Piven, MD

Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in infants with older siblings with autism, researchers from around the country were able to correctly predict 80 percent of those infants who would later meet criteria for autism at two years of age. The study, published today in Nature, is the first to show it is possible to identify which infants – among those with older siblings with autism – will be diagnosed with autism at 24 months of age. This first-of-its-kind study used MRIs to image the brai...
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Brain Plasticity in Epilepsy Leuven, Belgium, May 13 – 16, 2017

A unique meeting on "Brain Plasticity in Epilepsy" will be  held in Leuven, Belgium, May 13 – 16, 2017. Our goal is to provide a highly interactive forum for clinical practitioners and researchers with a focus on brain reorganization in epilepsy and how brain plasticity affects motor, cognitive and imaging aspects. We are very honored to be hosting an expert faculty of distinguished international speakers on the following topics: brain networks in epilepsy epileptogenesis and func...
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