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
other treatments for epilepsy
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
An Italian study has offered new evidence of the benefits that disconnective surgery can offer in the treatment of Rasmussen encephalitis.
Mathematical modelling could be used to predict epileptic seizures before they occur, according to a new study.
Scientists have identified a new MRI-guided laser procedure as a potentially beneficial alternative to surgical treatment for certain types of epilepsy.
Recent studies from the US have highlighted the potential benefits medical marijuana can deliver for patients with epilepsy, although a firm consensus is yet to emerge.
A new pacemaker-like device has shown strong potential for stopping uncontrolled seizures
A new US study has highlighted the important role that electroencephalogram scans can play in the diagnosis and care of seizures.
A study of Sweden has underlined the efficacy of epilepsy surgery among patients over the age of 50.
A new saliva-powered fuel cell can be used to warn people with epilepsy about possible imminent seizures.
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
A new early-stage study has demonstrated the potential benefits of an intranasal therapy for epilepsy.
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
A US study has demonstrated the numerous benefits of a new brain stimulator device for use in the treatment of uncontrolled epilepsy.
A new study has devised a new and more precise definition for epilepsy that will improve the accuracy of diagnosing the condition in future.
Scientists in the US have developed a new wearable device that could aid the delivery of epilepsy drugs in future.
Fish oil-derived omega-3 fatty acids are able to suppress epileptic activity in the brains of rats when administered as a long-term dietary supplement, according to a new study. Researchers from the Autonomous University of Zacatecas and University of Guadalajara, Mexico, whose report appears in Epilepsy and Behavior this month, fed female Wistar rats a fish oil supplement through mating, gestation, read more
Children with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome – a rare, often drug-resistant form of epilepsy – can be effectively treated by switching to a low-carb diet, according to a new report. Researchers from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences carried out a retrospective review of 25 paediatric patients diagnosed with the condition and switched to a modified Atkins diet between May 2009 read more
A new breakthrough could pave the way for better brain implants for conditions like epilepsy.