From: American Epilepsy Society


PHILADELPHIA, December 7, 2015 - Researchers are only beginning to understand the implications of disrupted sleep in people with epilepsy. Recent findings suggest that seizure-interrupted sleep could impede memory formation, impair cognitive performance and influence a myriad of other aspects of daily life. Four studies presented at the American Epilepsy Society's (AES) 69th Annual Meeting unveil previously unappreciated links between sleep disturbances and seizure control, and help clarify the causes and consequences of these issues in people with epilepsy.


In the first study, (abstract 3.019|A.01) researchers at Children's National Medical Center report that disruptions in the body's 24-hour clock, or circadian rhythm, might contribute to certain types of epilepsy.


The authors performed a genetic analysis of brain tissue from children who


From: American Epilepsy Society


PHILADELPHIA, December 5, 2015 - Three studies to be presented at the American Epilepsy Society's (AES) 69th Annual Meeting describe novel devices and technologies that could reshape current understanding of the complex mechanisms underpinning seizure development in the brain.


Two of the three studies unveil information about the neural networks that produce and propagate seizure activity, providing information that could help refine and target surgical interventions.


In the first study, (abstract 2.076|A.05) researchers from the University of Pennsylvania describe an array of transparent electrodes that can capture high-resolution images of neuronal activity in a live animal brain while simultaneously gathering electrophysiological information about neuron function.


The team previously demonstrated the technology in a single


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Seizures in Children and Adolescents Aged 6–17 Years — United States, 2010–2014


Seizures affect nearly 1 in 100 children. It is important to educate new parents and school personnel about the risk of seizures and how to recognize them. Parents and schools should connect families of children with seizures to health and social services providers. Data from the 2010-2014 National Health Interview Survey indicate that seizures, a short change in normal brain activity, affect 336,000 or 0.7 percent of US children and adolescents aged 6–17 years. Compared to children and adolescents without seizures, those with seizures were more likely to have co-occurring conditions, live in families at lower income levels, and have unmet social and health care needs. Public health agencies can work with other health and human service agencies to raise awareness about seizures in

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EpiWatch is an epilepsy research study that monitors seizure symptoms with Apple Watch to improve seizure detection, improve medication adherence and enhance quality of life for those who suffer from seizures.


Johns Hopkins researchers today introduced EpiWatch, designed to use Apple Watch to collect patient data through the open source ResearchKit framework designed by Apple. The app, which runs on Apple Watch and iPhone, collects data from patients with epilepsy before, during and after their seizures.

Over 2.5 million people are living with epilepsy in the United States. The data gathered by the app, including physiological changes, altered responsiveness and other characteristics of recurrent seizures, will be used by researchers to better understand epilepsy and to develop new methods for monitoring and managing the disease and the role of technology.


"Physicians often ask patients to record their seizures. But that


A proposed Canadian project called Prevention of Ongoing Comorbidities through Early Intervention in Youth Living with Epilepsy (POPEYE), is conducting a survey to collect preliminary data. This anonymous survey is about opinions related to genetic testing for neurodevelopmental disorders in children with Epilepsy. Click here to take the survey.

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