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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

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

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

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 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

A new study from Canada has indicated that children who undergo resective epilepsy surgery have a higher chance of experiencing academic difficulties thereafter. The University of Toronto Mississauga research examined the academic outcomes of a cohort of children who underwent paediatric epilepsy surgery for an average of 1.2 years after their procedure. To date, there have been few studies examining read more

A new study has indicated that exercise bikes can be useful tools in the treatment offered by epilepsy monitoring units (EMUs), assuming the proper safety controls are implemented. Long-term video electroencephalogram monitoring is a vital technique for EMUs, using exercise methods to trigger seizures that can then be analysed. This new study aimed find out if exercise bikes can be read more

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