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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

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

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

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