Using magnetoencephalography to find the part of the brain causing epileptic seizures can be an effective way of delivering better surgical outcomes, according to new research.
A new study has demonstrated the potential benefits of self-management interventions for adults with epilepsy. The Australian Catholic University and University of Melbourne have conducted an integrative review of 14 existing studies to systematically identify and appraise research that reported findings related to the effectiveness of epilepsy self-management. Currently, interventions such as educational programmes and lifestyle management education are not read more
A new study has demonstrated the potential quality of life (QOL) benefits associated with targeted responsive neurostimulation. The controlled double-blinded trial of responsive neurostimulation in 191 patients with medically resistant focal epilepsy was led by Stanford University, and saw subjects receive either neurostimulation or placebo treatment for four months, before all patients were treated and followed for two years. According read more
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
Direct brain neurostimulation can provide long-term benefits for people affected by partial-onset seizures, according to a new study.
Misconceptions about epilepsy surgery could be leading to the treatment technique being underutilised, according to a new study.
A new study has demonstrated the benefits that telemedicine can provide in helping epilepsy patients to access specialised care.
A new scientific review has highlighted the benefits that resective surgery can provide for drug-resistant focal epilepsy patients – as well as some of the limitations holding the treatment back from wider acceptance.
A new study has highlighted potential predictors of functional disability for patients discharged from hospital following an episode of status epilepticus.
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
Two new studies have highlighted the effectiveness of surgical interventions in high-risk epilepsy patients.
An international crowdfunding competition has led to the development of new algorithms to help detect, predict and prevent epileptic seizures.
A new Swedish study has underlined the fact that epilepsy surgery can be considered a safe, effective and low-risk procedure.
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
An innovative new magnetometer could greatly aid future epilepsy treatment when it hits the market in a few years’ time.
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 US study has demonstrated that high-fat, low-carb diets can reduce seizures in adults with tough-to-treat epilepsy.
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 robotic device that can be used to perform brain surgery through the cheek could greatly aid the future treatment of epilepsy.