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New study highlights poor awareness of seizures among trainee doctors

Posted 29 Dec 2015 in Other treatments

A new Australian study has highlighted the poor awareness of seizure diagnosis and management among doctors in training. The Monash University study, published in the medical journal Epilepsy & Behavior, aimed to assess exposure to seizure disorders and relevant knowledge among medical residents undergoing physician training, as well as reactions to seizures in the acute setting. A total of 48 read more

Epilepsy surgery ‘reduces long-term medical costs’

Posted 29 Dec 2015 in Other treatments

A new study has shown that long-term medical costs and healthcare utilisation are generally reduced among patients who have undergone epilepsy surgery. Medical costs can be as much as $6,484 (£4,370) lower for epilepsy patients who undergo surgery, according to the Case Western Reserve University-led research, which was published in the medical journal Epilepsia. The study looked at Medicaid beneficiaries read more

Study highlights need for better seizure reporting technologies

Posted 12 Nov 2015 in Other treatments

A new study has highlighted the need for better seizure detection and classification technologies to aid decision-making in epilepsy treatment. The Georgia Institute of Technology research collated interviews and data from neurologists, alongside a review of existing literature, and highlighted a strong need for better distinguishing between patients exhibiting generalised and partial seizure types, as well as more accurate seizure read more

Omega-3 ‘may help to protect against SUDEP’

Posted 2 Sep 2015 in Other treatments

Omega-3 fatty acids could help to protect against the onset of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), according to a new Brazilian study. Published in the medical journal Epilepsy & Behavior, the Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo research looked at serum levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) and cytokines in rats with epilepsy, as well as the impact of omega-3 on read more

Fish oil ‘could aid seizure control in children with epilepsy’

Posted 12 Aug 2015 in Other treatments

Children with hard-to-treat forms of epilepsy could see seizure control benefits by increasing their intake of fish oil. Published in the North American Journal of Medical Sciences, the Egyptian study aimed to investigate the effect of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in reducing the frequency and severity of epileptic seizures in children with medically resistant epilepsy. A total of 70 patients read more

Social anxiety ‘higher in epilepsy patients and their families’

Posted 20 Jul 2015 in Other treatments

Adults with epilepsy are more likely to experience social anxiety, with this impact also felt by their close family members, according to a new study. Carried out by Baskent University in Turkey, the research looked at anxiety, depression and social fear and avoidance levels in 48 adult patients with epilepsy and 48 first-degree cohabiting family members, compared to 43 controls. read more

Ketogenic diet ‘can be used with corticosteroids for epilepsy’

Posted 10 Jun 2015 in Other treatments

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

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