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New Study on Epilepsy

In unique cases of traumatic head injuries chemicals released by the brain’s immune system’s attempt to repair the injured site may provoke chronic seizures – and that might be good news because it could help to prevent one of the most common forms of adult epilepsy. That’s the report from researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Researchers have focused for decades on neurons as the bad guys in seizures, often described as “electrical storms” in the brain. The new research indicates that micro-glial cells – supportive cells that constitute a major part of the brain’s immune system – may play a major role in seizures. In the brain, glial cells cluster when a severe brain injury – a head injury or an infection – has occurred. As the immune system is activated and attempts to counteract the damage and repair it, these glial cells migrate to the damaged area and release chemicals – cytokines) that profoundly increase the excitability of the neurons they are near. The result appears to be that the neurons in the damaged areas are sufficiently excited to cause seizures.

The study report appears in the July 2009 issue of the journal Brain. It was co-authored by CU-Boulder professors Daniel Barth, Linda Watkins and Steven Maier, CU-Boulder graduate students Krista Rodgers and Alexis Northcuff and Professor mark Hutchinson of the University of Adelaide in Australia.

It is known that acquired epilepsy is one of the few forms that has the potential for being prevented, because known head injuries are often followed by latent (delayed) periods of several months where nothing seems to be happening. If the brain’s initial immunity reaction can be temporarily shut down, the development of acquired epilepsy might be prevented.

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Epilepsy: “The electric storm in the brain”

Effective treatment of patients with active epilepsy may need some dynamic improvements, including developing effective means of promoting compliance with appropriate medication regimens..

Epilepsy, often described as an “electrical storm in the brain,” involves more than a major neurological dysfunction. Data collected in the 2003 California Health Interview survey (CHIS), at the time the nation’s largest state health survey, indicated that epilepsy takes a toll on physical and mental health and often interferes with daily activities, according to study authors Rosemarie Kobau and David J. Thurman.

The study found that almost 300,000  (1.2 percent) of adults had a self-reported history of epilepsy, while 182,000 (0.7 percent) were living with active epilepsy – either taking medication or experiencing at least one seizure within the past three months.

Of those living with active epilepsy, 36 percent reported being physically disabled or unable to work, compared to just five present of adults without the disorder. Alt patients with recent seizures reported between nine and 12 days of impaired physical or mental health in the past month or days when their daily activities were limited – compared with only two to four days for those without epilepsy.

Significantly, individuals with epilepsy were found to have worse overall health status and to engage in some risky behaviors including smoking. Most startling of the authors reports was that about one-quarter of active epilepsy patients reported not taking any medication for their disorder.

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In Brain Training Today: July 14, 2009

Today at The Brain Trainng Centers of Florida we are brain training seven different people today. They are coming in for brain wave optimization to benefit from the neuroplasticity of their brains to improve how their brains function. The issues we are helping people work through include, anger (pent up for decades), rage, sexual abuse (childhood), rape recovery, abandonment issues, betrayal issues, anxiety, panic attacks, emotion suppressment, alcoholism and drug addiction, focus issues, student trying to improve brain functioning, twitching, longterm depression, general sadness, symptoms of hepatitis, symptoms of AIDS, and chronic fatigue.

Several of our clients today stated that they were doing much better already!!!!

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Study Shows Television Slows Child Development

For almost three generations parents have been telling kids to “turn off that television.”

            Now comes scientific evidence that, if parents want to help their children begin speaking and learning to understand the spoken word they’d better “turn off the television.”

            That’s the word from lead researcher Dimitri A. Christakis, MD, MPH, director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington school of Medicine.

            Young children and their adult caregivers uttered fewer vocalizations, used fewer words and engaged in fewer conversations when in the presence of an audible television. Television during infancy has long been associated with language delays and attention problems but, until now, researchers were not able to pinpoint the reasons why.

            This study of 329 infants aged two months to four years old found that each hour of audible television was associated with significant reductions in child vocalizations, vocalizations duration and conversational turns. Children in the study wore business card-size digital recorders on random days for up to two years. The recorders captured everything the child said and heard during continuous 12 to 16 hour periods.

            On average, each additional hour of television exposure was associated with a decrease of 770 words – a seven percent decrease in words heard –  the child heard from an adult during the recording session and 500 to 1,000 fewer adult words were spoken per hour of audible television. Although adults typically utter approximately 941 words per hour, when the television is on parent’/adult-communication to infants is almost completely eliminated. From 500 to 1,000 fewer adult words were spoken per hour when the television was audible.

            In fact, in 2001 the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Public Education specifically recommended against screen-time for children under two yeas of age, urging more interactive play instead.

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In Brain Training Today: July 09, 2009

We are brain training four different people today in seven sessions here at Brain Training Centers of Florida. Their issues are wide and diverse. The issues we are assisting people with today include, alcohol and drug addiction, depression (long term and severe), anger, panic attacks, patience (lack of), tolerance (lack of), sleep issues, and fear. The most difficult part of the change we help our clients create is the changing of how their sub-conscious mind functions. This can take between 3 to 50 sessions. Our clients average about twenty sessions for lasting sub-conscious change. It is our estimation that about 97% of our clients experience this wonderful change.

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In Brain Training Today: July 8, 2009

In brain training today at the Brain Training Centers of Florida we are brain training six different people today. They have come to us for many diverse issues. These issues include, Lyme’s disease, alcoholism and drug addiction, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, anger, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, traumas and sleep issues. Every client today has reported that their sessions with us have been extremely successful. One of the clients gave us a thank you card and a box of awesome chocolates to show her gratitude.

Another great day here at Brain Training Centers of Florida.

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In Brain Training Today: July 7th 2009

Here at the Brain Training Centers of Florida we are working with four different people today. We also did a client session review with a client (his Mom) who finished 20 sessions on July 1st. The issues we are working with today include, but are not limited to, addiction and alcoholism, anxiety, anger, fear , trauma, Lyme’s Disease, emotional abuse (at an early age – twenty years ago), depression, chronic pain, chronic fatigue and sleep issues.

The review showed that the training assisted our client to reduce overall brain volume by approximately 45%. The client arrived with extreme sympathetic energy patterns. These energy patterns are now operating in a homeostatic pattern approximately 50% of the time. As the neuroplasticity of the brain settles in and the new neuropathways the brain has and is developing set in, this client’s brain will be functioning approximately 40% better than it was functioning before he trained with us. His dyslexia and focus problems will most likely improve as a result of these changes.

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In Brain Training Today: July 2, 2009

We are brain Training five different people today in 12 sessions from 10AM until 10PM. We have extended hours to be as available as possible for our clients. Some of the issues we are assisting clients with today include, alcohol and drug addiction recovery, anxiety, panic attacks, fear of flying, concentration, focus, sleep issues chronic pain, chronic fatigue, Lyme’s disease, chronic sadness, hopelessness, depression, fear, anger, trauma recovery and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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