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What to know about brain atrophy
Brain atrophy can refer to a loss of brain cells or a loss in the number of connections between these cells. In this article, learn about the symptoms of brain atrophy, as well as some causes and treatments. (Medical News Today)

What causes uncontrolled laughter in epilepsy?
A thorough investigation into an individual's uncontrolled laughter revealed that the cause was seizures resulting from a rare form of epilepsy. (Medical News Today)

Can the keto diet treat epilepsy?
The keto diet is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet. Here, learn how the keto diet could help reduce the frequency of epileptic seizures. (Medical News Today)

What to know about epilepsy in children
Epilepsy is a condition that causes seizures. It is relatively common in children. Learn about its causes, symptoms, and treatments here. (Medical News Today)

The brain finds a way to adapt, even when we remove half
Some people undergo surgery to remove half of the brain to stop seizures. Evidence suggests that this does not significantly alter brain function. (Medical News Today)

Nocturnal seizures: Everything you need to know
Nocturnal seizures occur when a person is asleep. As well as typical seizure symptoms, they may increase the risk of other complications. Learn more in this article. (Medical News Today)

Study unravels mechanism behind cilantro's benefits
New research explores the molecular mechanisms behind the neurological benefits of the popular herb cilantro, also known as coriander. (Medical News Today)

CBT may be effective in managing menopause symptoms
New research suggests that cognitive behavioral therapy may be useful for managing several symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes and depression. (Medical News Today)

Synthetic CBD may be a safe treatment for seizures
A nonintoxicating, synthetic CBD that is not easy to convert to THC and comprises inexpensive, noncannabis ingredients treated seizures safely in rats. (Medical News Today)

Dogs may be able to sniff out seizures
For the first time, researchers demonstrate that dogs can distinguish a distinct odor that the body produces during an epileptic seizure. (Medical News Today)

Everything you need to know about convulsions
Convulsions are common in some types of seizures and rare in a few other conditions. Learn more about the causes of convulsions and what to do if someone experiences them here. (Medical News Today)

Could acid reflux explain sudden unexpected death in epilepsy?
Sudden unexpected deaths in epilepsy have proven difficult to unravel. A recent study concludes that they might be driven by acid reflux. (Medical News Today)

Innovative brain implant could improve Parkinson's treatment
A novel device able to both record and modulate electrical impulses in the brain may improve treatments for Parkinson's disease and related conditions. (Medical News Today)

High-tech epilepsy warning device could save lives
An innovative piece of wearable tech could reduce the risk of death from nighttime seizures for individuals with therapy-resistant epilepsy. (Medical News Today)

What are the side effects of gabapentin?
Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant medication that doctors often prescribe to prevent seizures in people with epilepsy. It is generally safe but can cause some side effects, including trembling and hoarseness. Here, learn more about the common, long-term, and rare side effects of gabapentin and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

Gabapentin: What to know
Doctors prescribe gabapentin to treat epilepsy, restless legs syndrome, and some types of nerve pain. Learn more about the uses and potential side effects here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about focal (partial) seizures
Focal seizures, also called partial seizures, happen when a seizure affects only one part of the brain. Focal seizures differ from generalized seizures, which affect the whole brain. Focal seizures can be simple or complex. In this article, we discuss the types, symptoms, causes, and treatment of focal seizures. (Medical News Today)

What long-term cannabis use can do to your brain
Cannabis and cannabis-based drugs are increasingly used for clinical purposes, but researchers warn they may also harm the brain. A new study explains how. (Medical News Today)

Epilepsy: New findings 'could change textbooks'
New research on epilepsy narrows down the culprits to two key brain proteins. The study authors explain why this is a breakthrough in the field. (Medical News Today)

Spider venom may help treat a serious form of epilepsy
Scientists are studying a specific peptide found in spider venom. They hope it will lead to an effective treatment for a rare and serious form of epilepsy. (Medical News Today)

Medical cannabis for epilepsy approved in FDA first
Earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first ever cannabis-based drug for the treatment of severe forms of epilepsy. (Medical News Today)

Foaming or frothing at the mouth: What to know
The conditions known to cause foaming at the mouth are all medical emergencies. They include rabies, seizures, and drug overdoses. In this article, learn what to do if someone starts foaming at the mouth. We also look at treatment options and how to prevent life-threatening complications. (Medical News Today)

Epilepsy raises risk of unnatural death, study finds
Researchers have associated a diagnosis of epilepsy with a greater risk of suicide, accidental drug poisoning, and other unnatural causes of death. (Medical News Today)

What are simple partial seizures?
Simple partial seizures are a form of seizure where a person does not lose consciousness. Learn about the symptoms, causes, and treatment options here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about complex partial seizures
A look at complex partial seizures, a form of seizure that occurs in just one part of the brain. Included is what to do if someone has a seizure. (Medical News Today)

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