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People who have lived with temporal lobe epilepsy for only a short time might achieve better post-surgical outcomes than those with longer disease durations, according to a new study. Published in Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria – the official journal of the Brazilian Academy of Neurology – the research aimed to investigate the influence of a patient’s age and seizure onset on read more

Adolescents with epilepsy are more likely to experience seizures in public places if they are affected by high levels of anxiety and depression. This is according to a study published in the Brazilian Academy of Neurology’s Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria, which assessed depression and anxiety symptoms among adolescents with epilepsy compared with those without epilepsy. A total of 50 subjects attending read more

Scientists from the US have been able to develop a new method of predicting the success of epilepsy surgery using a simple test. The Cleveland Clinic team retrospectively reviewed patients who underwent surgery for medically refractory epilepsy at its facility between 1999 and 2012. Four predictive outcome indicators – preoperative seizure frequency, history of generalised tonic-clonic seizures, brain magnetic resonance read more

A new study has demonstrated that vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) can be a beneficial and cost-effective way of treating epilepsy in areas with limited resources. Carried out by Jordan University and published in the medical journal Seizure, the study aimed to evaluate clinical outcomes, quality-adjusted life years, cost-effectiveness and cost utility associated with VNS therapy in children with refractory epilepsy read more

New research from Austria has highlighted the potential benefits that the ketogenic diet can offer to children with Dravet syndrome, a serious form of epilepsy. Conducted at the Medical University Vienna, the study aimed to evaluate both the effectiveness and tolerability of the high-fat, low-carb diet in comparison with various AEDs among 32 children who had been treated at the read more

A new single-centre study has added to the body of evidence suggesting that high-fat diets can offer seizure control benefits in epilepsy patients. Conducted by Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington, the research aimed to determine the efficacy of the modified Atkins diet (MAD) and ketogenic diet (KD) in seizure control within a population of myoclonic-atonic epilepsy (MAE) read more

A new study has highlighted the potentially positive outcomes that refractory epilepsy patients can achieve even after being rejected for surgical treatment. Carried out at the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Israel, the research looked at the outcomes of patients rejected from focal resective surgery due to medical reasons, or who simply chose not to undergo it. It examined 52 read more

A new study has offered a potential new method of determining which patients with epilepsy might respond best to musical therapy. Researchers from Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan aimed to create a new marker using quantitative electroencephalogram imaging techniques method to evaluate the effect of the music on children with epilepsy more precisely. Previous studies have demonstrated that epileptiform discharges read more

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