A new Australian study has highlighted the poor awareness of seizure diagnosis and management among doctors in training. The Monash University study, published in the medical journal Epilepsy & Behavior, aimed to assess exposure to seizure disorders and relevant knowledge among medical residents undergoing physician training, as well as reactions to seizures in the acute setting. A total of 48 read more
A new study has shown that long-term medical costs and healthcare utilisation are generally reduced among patients who have undergone epilepsy surgery. Medical costs can be as much as $6,484 (£4,370) lower for epilepsy patients who undergo surgery, according to the Case Western Reserve University-led research, which was published in the medical journal Epilepsia. The study looked at Medicaid beneficiaries read more
New personal monitoring devices for epilepsy have been developed that could make it easier to monitor patients outside hospital.
A new study has uncovered new insights into how the ketogenic diet works to assist patients affected by drug-resistant epilepsy.
A new study has demonstrated the positive long-term outcomes of vagus nerve stimulation for intractable epilepsy.
A new study has highlighted the need for better seizure detection and classification technologies to aid decision-making in epilepsy treatment. The Georgia Institute of Technology research collated interviews and data from neurologists, alongside a review of existing literature, and highlighted a strong need for better distinguishing between patients exhibiting generalised and partial seizure types, as well as more accurate seizure read more
Extensive epilepsy surgery can deliver better seizure control for children affected by tuberous sclerosis complex, according to a new study.
Certain types of tree resin could contain substances that can potentially relieve or cure epilepsy, according to a new study.
Omega-3 fatty acids could help to protect against the onset of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), according to a new Brazilian study. Published in the medical journal Epilepsy & Behavior, the Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo research looked at serum levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) and cytokines in rats with epilepsy, as well as the impact of omega-3 on read more
A new study has demonstrated the long-term efficacy of the ketogenic diet as an add-on therapy in children with refractory epilepsy.
Children with hard-to-treat forms of epilepsy could see seizure control benefits by increasing their intake of fish oil. Published in the North American Journal of Medical Sciences, the Egyptian study aimed to investigate the effect of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in reducing the frequency and severity of epileptic seizures in children with medically resistant epilepsy. A total of 70 patients read more
Self-management training can have a positive impact on health-related quality of life in patients with epilepsy, according to a new study.
Adults with epilepsy are more likely to experience social anxiety, with this impact also felt by their close family members, according to a new study. Carried out by Baskent University in Turkey, the research looked at anxiety, depression and social fear and avoidance levels in 48 adult patients with epilepsy and 48 first-degree cohabiting family members, compared to 43 controls. read more
A 15-year study has demonstrated the benefits vagus nerve stimulation therapy can provide for patients with treatment-resistant epilepsy.
US scientists have identified a new treatment approach for a rare yet debilitating form of epilepsy affecting females only.
A new study has highlighted potential ways in which smartphone apps can be used by epilepsy patients to manage their condition more effectively.
A US study has demonstrated the positive impact that consumer-generated epilepsy self-management programmes can deliver.
An Australian study has shown that the majority of childhood epilepsy patients undergoing resective brain surgery experience positive outcomes.
An amino acid that plays a role in inhibiting seizures has been identified as a promising new treatment target for epilepsy.
A new report has indicated that the ketogenic diet can be used successfully in combination with corticosteroids for the treatment of epileptic encephalopathies. The study, published in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior, saw 42 consecutive patients given oral steroids plus the ketogenic diet for epileptic conditions such as West syndrome and encephalopathy with continuous spike-waves in slow sleep (CSWS). A read more