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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

A new study has shown the potential benefits that vocational rehabilitation (VR) services can offer to people with epilepsy. Led by Michigan State University and the City University of New York, the research aimed to examine the association between VR services and employment outcomes of people with epilepsy. Results published in the journal Epilepsy Research showed that of the 2,030 read more

A new approach to positron emission tomography (PET) scanning has been shown to offer potential benefits in epilepsy surgery planning. The collaborative study between researchers in the UK and India aimed to evaluate the clinical utility of 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose PET (FDG PET), a technique that involves using a radiopharmaceutical agent to improve imaging results from scans. A total of 194 consecutive read more

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

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