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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 underlined the possible benefits that rufinamide can provide to patients affected by Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a difficult-to-treat form of childhood-onset epilepsy. Led by the Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine, the research involved 59 patients who were previously taking between one and three antiepileptic drugs. After a baseline period, patients were randomly assigned to receive either rufinamide 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

Children with epilepsy initially perceive stigma associated with the condition at the time of their diagnosis, but this perceived stigma generally decreases over time. This is the conclusion of a new study led by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, which aimed to assess perceptions of stigma among children newly diagnosed with epilepsy and their caregivers over a two-year period. read more

A new study has underlined the potential benefits offered by lacosamide, an antiepileptic drug (AED) therapy for the adjunctive treatment of focal-onset seizures. Researchers from Western Infirmary in Glasgow conducted a prospective audit to assess outcomes associated with the AED in everyday clinical practice, with a total of 160 patients being treated with the drug. It was revealed that 35 read more

Manipulating bodily levels of a certain protein has been found to be a potentially effective way of combating Dravet syndrome, a serious form of epilepsy. Scientists from the University of California, San Francisco looked at a mouse model of the severe childhood epilepsy – which is caused by genetic mutations – to see whether reducing levels of the microtubule-associated protein read more

New research from a number of French universities has shed fresh light on the impact that frontal or temporal lobe epilepsy can have on executive function in children. Executive functions are a number of key cognitive processes that generally help connect past experience with present action, including memory, reasoning, problem-solving, planning and execution. Since executive functions are vulnerable in cases 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

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