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A New Look At An Old Epilepsy Drug Yields Treatment Clue Shots

5/15/2014
03:50 | Author: Jeremy Rodriguez

Epilepsy drug treatment
A New Look At An Old Epilepsy Drug Yields Treatment Clue Shots

Valproic acid has been a mainstay of epilepsy treatment for decades. But how the drug works has been a mystery. Researchers have now.

Doctors often don't know why a particular drug works, and they didn't know why valproic acid helped prevent seizures.

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Those treatments won't be here anytime soon, says neurologist Cynthia Harden, with North Shore-LIJ Health System in Great Neck, N.Y.

That change, Williams ls Shots, seems to keep the "electrical storm" of a seizure from sweeping through the brain.

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Understanding how valproic acid works, Williams says, opens the door to finding out what other drugs might boost PIP3 without the dangerous side effects of valproic acid.

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Epilepsy drug may offer hope for ALS treatment, Harvard stem cell

11/24/2014
11:40 | Author: Jeremy Rodriguez

Epilepsy drug treatment
Epilepsy drug may offer hope for ALS treatment, Harvard stem cell

Retigabine, an approved epilepsy drug that may offer hope for ALS patientsToday's blog is the third in as many days about amyotrophic lateral.

For information about CIRM-funded ALS stem cell research, visit our ALS fact sheet.

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In collaboration with colleague Clifford Woolf, who co-directs HSCI’s Nervous System Disease Program, the research team identified a vicious biological cycle in which the overly excited activity of the ALS neurons led to abnormally folded proteins in the neurons, which in turn increased the neurons’ hyperactivity. We found that retigabine, which has recently been approved as an anticonvulsive, normalized this activity.

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Anti-Epileptic Drug Topamax Could Treat Cocaine Addiction Psych

11/23/2014
09:10 | Author: Jeremy Rodriguez

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Anti-Epileptic Drug Topamax Could Treat Cocaine Addiction Psych

Anti-Epileptic Drug Could Treat Cocaine Addiction A new study reveals that topiramate, a drug approved to treat epilepsy and migraine.

The findings of the latest study indicate that topiramate may be even more effective in treating people with addiction who actively want to quit using cocaine, Johnson said.

The drug harms the brain, heart, blood vessels, and lungs and can cause sudden death, he added. Cocaine is responsible for more emergency room visits in the United States than any other illegal drug, he noted. According to the researcher, there are between 13.2 million and 19.7 million cocaine addicts worldwide.

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