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U.K. Health Authority Investigates Epilepsy Drug’s Link to Autism
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s investigation comes after a study showed prenatal exposure to topiramate roughly triples a child’s likelihood of having autism or intellectual disability.
U.K. Health Authority Investigates Epilepsy Drug’s Link to Autism
U.K. Health Authority Investigates Epilepsy Drug’s Link to Autism

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s investigation comes after a study showed prenatal exposure to topiramate roughly triples a child’s likelihood of having autism or intellectual disability.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s investigation comes after a study showed prenatal exposure to topiramate roughly triples a child’s likelihood of having autism or intellectual disability.

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Anne Beaumanoir, Activist and Clinical Neurologist, Dies at 98
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Mar 29, 2022 | 3 min read
Beaumanoir helped Jews evade Nazis during World War II and aided resistance fighters during the Algerian War of Independence. She also contributed to the field of epileptology.
Artificial Intelligence Decodes Speech from Brain Activity: Study
Lisa Winter | Mar 31, 2020 | 2 min read
The technology, tested out on patients with epilepsy who already had electrodes implanted in their brains, is currently limited to 30–50 sentences.
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New Insight into Brain Inflammation Inspires New Hope for Epilepsy Treatment 
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | 3 min read
Clinicians and researchers teamed up to investigate how inappropriate proinflammatory mechanisms contribute to the pathogenesis of drug-refractory epilepsy.
Neuroscientist Phil Haydon Sets Sail to Talk About Epilepsy
Ashley Yeager | Feb 19, 2020 | 6 min read
After an accident as a teenager, he developed the disorder. He then studied the brain to better understand his own seizures, and now plans to sail around the world to show others with the condition how to push their limits.
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Missing Brain Hemisphere Tied to Fortified Neural Networks
Kerry Grens | Nov 20, 2019 | 2 min read
A small study finds that patients who had half their brains removed to treat epilepsy have stronger neural networks than controls, perhaps explaining how they can retain language and cognition skills.
Evangelos Kiskinis describes how the patient-derived iPSCs model of epilepsy help predict drug resistance.
The Scientist Speaks - Modeling Epilepsy in a Dish Using Patient-Derived iPSCs
Sejal Davla, PhD | 1 min read
Evangelos Kiskinis describes how the patient-derived iPSCs model of epilepsy help predict drug resistance.
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Can Preventing Seizures Alter the Course of Autism?
Jessica Wright | Oct 8, 2019 | 10+ min read
Experimental surgeries to prevent seizures may help scientists understand the link between autism and epilepsy.
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AI Decodes Speech and Hearing Based on Brain Activity
Shawna Williams | Jul 30, 2019 | 2 min read
The proof-of-concept study could be a step toward better assisted communication devices for paralyzed people.
Deep Brain Stimulation of Orbitofrontal Cortex Relieves Depression
Ashley P. Taylor | Dec 3, 2018 | 2 min read
The result of a study among patients with epilepsy strengthens the case for the importance of this brain region in determining mood.
After a Lobectomy, a Boy Still Recognizes Words and Faces
Ashley Yeager | Nov 1, 2018 | 5 min read
A longitudinal study tracking the progress of an epilepsy patient after surgery shows the brain’s ability to reorganize itself to function nearly normally.
Drug Approval Could Boost Research on Marijuana Treatment for Autism
Jessica Wright | Aug 17, 2018 | 4 min read
Epidiolex, a cannabis-derived medicine for epilepsy, will prompt federal regulatory changes that could crack open access to study the plant.
UK to Legalize Medicinal Cannabis
Catherine Offord | Jul 27, 2018 | 2 min read
Patients will be able to access the drug with a prescription, and there are no plans to allow for recreational use.
Studies Unveil Hidden Ties Between Epilepsy Gene and Autism
Jessica Wright | Jul 24, 2018 | 3 min read
Scientists are finding patterns in symptoms among a handful of people with mutations in HNRNPU.
FDA Approves First Marijuana-Derived Drug
Shawna Williams | Jun 25, 2018 | 2 min read
As the CBD-based medication enters the market, the agency promises a crackdown on producers of cannabidiol products that make unproven claims.
Common Gene Variants Found Among Psychiatric Disorders
Abby Olena, PhD | Jun 21, 2018 | 3 min read
In the largest-ever study of its kind, researchers combined genomic data from nearly 900,000 patients and healthy individuals to identify commonalities among 10 mental illnesses.
DBS with Nanoparticle-Based Optogenetics Modifies Behavior in Mice
Diana Kwon | Feb 8, 2018 | 5 min read
Researchers develop a new technique to selectively activate neurons deep in the rodent brain, taking a step toward noninvasive brain stimulation for neurological disorders.
Long-Term Brain Rhythms Offer Possibility of Predicting Seizures
Diana Kwon | Jan 8, 2018 | 4 min read
Researchers identify patterns of neural activity ranging from a few days to four weeks in individuals with epilepsy.
The Wada Test, 1948
Phil Jaekl | Nov 1, 2017 | 2 min read
A decades-old neurological procedure developed under unique and difficult conditions in postwar Japan remains critical to the treatment of epilepsy.
Circadian Gene Linked to Severe Epilepsy in Children
Diana Kwon | Oct 11, 2017 | 3 min read
Loss of the CLOCK protein, which researchers find is decreased in pediatric epilepsy patients, makes mice more prone to seizures during sleep.
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