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Israeli research finds multiple sclerosis drug may help epilepsy patients



JERUSALEM, April 30 (Xinhua) – Israeli researchers have discovered that drugs for multiple sclerosis (MP) can help patients epilepsy, Tel Aviv University (TAU) in central Israel reported on Tuesday.

The findings could serve as a basis for developing a wide range of neurological diseases, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, which like epilepsy, are imbalance of brain activity.

The important discovery of researchers, published in the journal Neuron, stems from breakthrough solving the question that is the mechanism of regulating brain activity and maintains its stability, and 100-year-old puzzle.

Since the end of the 19th century, scientists have begun to look for the mechanism responsible for the body's ability to maintain a stable internal environment, despite changes in the external environment.

To solve the problem, the Israeli researchers focused on epilepsy, which is characterized by hyperactivity of neural networks in the hippocampus area of ​​the brain.

After a series of tests, they discovered that the drug used to treat MS could "fix" the balance and return it to normal.

The researchers have explained that this is the changing temperature of the air conditioning thermostat to bring it to the desired level.

The researchers added that drugs based on the new principle could give 30-40 percent of epilepsy patients who do not respond to existing therapies. Enditem

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