other treatments for epilepsy

A new study has indicated the Atkins diet could potentially offer similar effectiveness to the ketogenic diet in terms of aiding the management of childhood epilepsy. Carried out at the Mofid Hospital in Tehran, the clinical trial survey saw 40 children with refractory epilepsy divided into two groups and trialled on both diet types. The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, read more

New research from Germany has offered a fresh insight into the impact that stereotactic interstitial radiosurgery can have on memory in patients being treated for epilepsy due to hypothalamic hamartomas. Resective surgical approaches show promise for people with this uncommon form of epilepsy, which is otherwise difficult to treat with medication. However, since hypothalamic hamartomas tend to be located near read more

A new UK study has demonstrated the potential that YouTube videos can sometimes offer in helping patients differentiate between varying types of seizure. The research from the University of Oxford and John Radcliffe Hospital aimed to determine whether videos on YouTube accurately depict the type of seizures that a medical student may search for, particularly in terms of distinguishing between read more

Ketogenic dietary therapies could be a feasible and effective means of treating epilepsy in adult patients. Currently, ketogenic diets are recognised as an effective treatment for children with drug-resistant epilepsy, but there is no high-quality evidence supporting their use in adults, prompting this new study from the UCL Institute of Neurology. Published in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior, the study read more

A new study has illustrated the potential benefits that patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) can experience by adopting a ketogenic diet. This high-fat, low-carbohydrate, controlled protein diet has been used for many years as a means of controlling epilepsy and can also be helpful to those with LGS, which belongs to a group of epileptic encephalopathies that often prove refractory read more

A new study has underlined the potential usefulness of head-up tilt tests (HUTTs) in providing more accurate epilepsy diagnoses. The Porto University research examined HUTTs as a potential means of reducing the number of people misdiagnosed with epilepsy due to transient loss of consciousness (TLOC) episodes that are actually caused by neurocardiogenic syncope (NCS), an unrelated condition. As such, they read more

US scientists have developed a new computer model that could make it easier to differentiate between and diagnose epileptic and non-epileptic seizures. The Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior team inspected 228 outpatient clinical notes from patients with medication-resistant seizures, who were later diagnosed as having epilepsy or non-epileptic seizure disorders. They then used a combination of the known read more

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