Can Seizures Cause Depression?

People with epilepsy often have depression, which can be quite severe. Is depression a response to the difficulties of living with a chronic disorder, or is it possible that seizures Continue Reading

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A New Way to Treat Infantile Spasms

Infantile spasms, also known as West Syndrome, are a severe form of childhood epilepsy. Seizures develop during the first year of life and – if seizures cannot be stopped – Continue Reading

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Improving the Transition from Child to Adult Epilepsy Care in Ontario

When children with epilepsy reach a certain age, they must transfer from child (pediatric) to adult hospital care. The transition can be a difficult one, as healthcare providers and support Continue Reading

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New Drugs from Rett Syndrome Research

Rett syndrome is a genetic disorder that may result in both intellectual disability and seizures. Using an animal model of Rett syndrome, Dr. James Eubanks at the Toronto Western Hospital Continue Reading

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Do Re-Occurring Seizures Injure the Growing Brain?

After seizure surgery, many children become seizure free. Are these children more likely to have a better quality of life relative to children who still experience repeated seizures? Are there Continue Reading

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Using Brain Patterns to Predict and Stop Seizures

Dr. Jose Luis Perez-Velazquez and his research team at the Hospital for Sick Children have been focused on ways to detect when a seizure will start and then stop it Continue Reading

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Understanding How Environment and Diet Affect Epilepsy

Infantile spasms are drug-resistant seizures seen in children with West’s Syndrome – a childhood epilepsy syndrome. Infantile spasms begin around the first year of life, typically between the ages of Continue Reading

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Mapping Brain Networks in Childhood Epilepsy

To get some of the most accurate brain activity recordings before, during and after a seizure, intracranial electroencephalography (iEEG) is typically used. This technology, where sensors are placed directly onto Continue Reading

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