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Epilepsyis the premier website for patients with epilepsy and their caregivers. As the editor of the basic science section, I write about basic epilepsy research in nonscientific terms. Take a look at my articles below! If you would like to write about epilepsy research for nonscientists, email info@Sloka Iyengar.com to submit articles.
In this article, I summarize an article that suggests a possible link between inflammation and febrile seizures.
Depression and epilepsy can exist together quite often. An article written by Dr. Alisha Epps and edited by me talks about new research that can shed light on depression comorbid with epilepsy.
In an article and podcast, I talk about basic science in epilepsy, why one might choose to spend time working with experimental rodents and what we can gain from this basic research.
Benzodiazepines are considered as the first line of treatment for status epilepticus, but they may lose effectiveness during the progression of SE. In this article written by Dr. Denise Grosenbaugh and edited by me, the role of stiripentol for status epilepticus was investigated.
Epilepsy is rather common in people with brain tumors. Read more to find out where research stands in the field of brain tumor-related epilepsy.
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) can be effective in some refractory cases of epilepsy. This article investigates the mechanism by which DBS can act to reduce seizures.
In this study, scientists discover a novel target for anti-epileptic drugs.
Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS) is a rare form of epilepsy that is characterized by multiple seizure types, cognitive deficits and spike-and-wave complexes on the EEG. Read more about the role of the ketogenic diet in LGS here.
Febrile seizures usually occur in children and are associated with a rise in the body temperature. Read more about if MRI can be a biomarker for febrile seizures.
A meeting to understand mechanisms underlying mortality in people with epilepsy was held in Minneapolis from June 19-22. Read more about the meeting here.
Read this article to find out if statins could be useful in epilepsy.
Find out what can cause febrile seizures.
Find out where research stands on discovering a biomarker for epilepsy.
Read more to find out how scientists use zebrafish to find novel therapies for epilepsy
One of the causes of mortality in subjects with epilepsy is SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death with Epilepsy). A reason why this could be the case is that subjects with epilepsy can have cardiac dysfunction as well. Read more to find out more about cardiac dysfunction in epilepsy.
Dravet syndrome (DS), also known as Severe Myoclonic Epilepsy of Infancy (SMEI), is a form of catastrophic epilepsy with a bleak prognosis. Read more to find out new research for Dravet Syndrome.
Read here to find out what scientists are finding out about absence seizures.
Scientists find a novel mutation that could cause febrile seizures.
FACES (Finding A Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures) is affiliated with the NYU School of Medicine and the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, and provides comprehensive care to people with epilepsy and their caregivers. Below are the articles I’ve written for FACES.
I write about a certain kind of glial cell called microglia, and how ‘activated’ microglia might play a role in seizure generation and spread.
In this article, I talk about the Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) and its usefulness in epilepsy.
In this article, I write about high frequency oscillations (HFOs) and what they might mean in the epileptic brain.
Most anti-epileptic drugs focus on neurons. New evidence shows the role of glia in epilepsy, which I write about in this article.
In this article, I write about the science behind epilepsy and depression.
In this article, I write about the role of the hippocampus in epilepsy.
Here, I talk about what we know about refractory epilepsy.
In this article, I recap the PAME (Partners Against Mortality in Epilepsy) meeting that was held in Minneapolis in June 2014.
Here, I write a short article about temporal lobe epilepsy. I also provide a recap of the NYU Neuroscience Retreat.
In this article, I write about seizures and brain tumors.
Here, I talk about the common myths regarding epilepsy, as well as epilepsy first-aid.
In this article, I provide an overview of the 2013 American Epilepsy Society Meeting.
Read more about SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy) and what scientists are doing to understand SUDEP better.
I did my postdoctoral fellowship at the Nathan Kline Institute, where I also wrote for the newsletter – ‘NKI Informer’. Here are my articles:
I interviewed a postdoctoral fellow at NKI and talked to her about her most recent paper that investigated the effect of quality of maternal care on the development of the brain and behavior.
this edition, I wrote about the NYU Community Brain Fair held to celebrate Brain Awareness Week.
For this edition, I interviewed a scientist who studies Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) at NKI.
In this article, I summarized a networking session that I attended as part of NYU Postdoctoral Appreciation Week.
In this article, I interviewed a fellow students and trainees to discuss the challenges female scientists have to face while balancing a family and career.
A festschrift for Philip Schwartzkroin – a famed epilepsy researcher - was held in Monterrey where his students and trainees celebrated his work and his contributions to the field of epilepsy. In this article, I recapitulated the meeting.
Below is an article I wrote for the Weill Cornell Epilepsy Center.
In this article, I summarize the effects of anti-epileptic drugs on children born to women with epilepsy.
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In this article, I wrote about the role of transcranial magnetic stimulation in refractory depression.
At the Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group, I wrote several articles for the newsletter and managed the social media page.
I wrote an in-depth article about the basic science behind refractory epilepsy and another article about Captureproof – a medical software designed to make the lives of people with epilepsy easier and safer.
For this issue, I wrote an article about what to do in case of a seizure emergency. I also wrote an article about Seizure Tracker –a tool that combines seizure history, details about anti-epileptic drug (AED) therapy, changes in AED dosages, doctor appointments and other daily notes in one platform.
There’s much confusion about generic anti-epileptic medication. In this article, I interviewed an epileptologist about generic anti-epileptic drugs. I also wrote an article about an organization called 4Paws for Ability - a nonprofit organization places service dogs with children who have disabilities and veterans who have unfortunately lost their sense of vision or hearing.
The first article I wrote for this issue was about complementary and alternative medicines for epilepsy. I also interviewed the first patient to have ever undergone the Visualase Laser Ablation Technology procedure at The Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group for treatment of his epilepsy.
I wrote an article about the usefulness of the ketogenic diet (a very high-fat and very low-carbohydrate diet) in epilepsy.
Navigating epilepsy is a comprehensive resource for an array of support and life-improvement opportunities for people diagnosed with epilepsy and their caregivers.
In this article, I write about specific issues that can be observed in women with epilepsy.
In this article, I write about the annual American Epilepsy Society meeting.
I also wrote about safety tips that people with epilepsy should keep in mind.
Tuberous sclerosis complex is a genetic disorder that may be associated with seizures. The Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance aims to promote education and research about tuberous sclerosis complex. For this organization, I have written about:
I summarized a study that looks at abnormalities in dendrites in tuberous sclerosis.
Research that shows that MRI-guided laser ablation may be able to reduce seizures in difficult-to-treat refractory epilepsy cases.
In this study, researchers show how mutations in TSC gene interacts with mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) to cause imbalance in excitation / inhibition balance. Perhaps this is a reason why subjects with TSC can have seizures.
I wrote about a study that shows that everolimus may be a safe and effective treatment option for individuals who do not respond to treatment with the usual anti-epileptic drug therapies.
In this article, I write about the Clinical Research Data Management Resource center at NYU Langone Medical Center.
In this article, I wrote about the Annual Retreat hosted by the NYU Neuroscience Institute.