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Mozart music ‘may help reduce cognitive impact of epilepsy’

Posted 4 Feb 2016 in Conditions related to epilepsy

A new study has indicated that Mozart’s music could be useful in helping to reduce the cognitive impact of epilepsy. Led by the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, the research analysed the effect of playing the classical music to rodents with temporal lobe epilepsy, to see if it would affect their spatial cognition (their awareness, understanding and response read more

New study highlights need for support for pregnant women with epilepsy

Posted 4 Feb 2016 in Uncategorized

A new study has highlighted some of the specific issues that pregnant women with epilepsy face when seeking support to help cope with their condition. Conducted by the University of Toronto and published in the medical journal Seizure, the research involved semi-structured telephone interviews with 12 women with epilepsy during pregnancy and after childbirth. The women – who were aged read more

Efficacy of rufinamide in drug-resistant epilepsy demonstrated

A new study has shown the potential benefits the antiepileptic drug (AED) rufinamide can provide in the treatment of drug-resistant epilepsy. The research from China’s Zhejiang Chinese Medical University reviewed data from five existing randomised controlled trials, to assess the clinical efficacy and safety of the drug. Information from a total of 1,512 people was analysed. Results published in the read more

New study shows pros and cons of antiepileptic drug retigabine

A study in Germany has highlighted the positive and negative elements linked to the use of the antiepileptic drug (AED) retigabine. The research, led by University Hospital Bonn, assessed the clinical efficacy, adverse events and retention rates associated with the use of retigabine in adults with refractory focal epilepsy. The results are published in the medical journal Epilepsy & Behavior. Data collated from 195 people, read more

Vitamin D deficiency ‘common among children treated for epilepsy’

Posted 1 Feb 2016 in Epilepsy in children

Children with epilepsy may be more likely to experience a deficiency in vitamin D, according to a new study. The research, conducted by South Korea’s Dankook University Hospital and published in the Annals of Paediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism, evaluated vitamin D status in a group of 198 children with epilepsy who were taking antiepileptic drugs. Of the group, a total read more

Sodium channel-blocking AEDs ‘may help reduce cancer risk’

A new study has demonstrated the potential cancer risk reduction associated with a certain class of antiepileptic drug (AED). The research, conducted at Kinki University, in Osaka, used a variety of different methods, algorithms and databases to explore whether or not the use of sodium channel-blocking AEDs is linked to a decreased risk of cancer. Data on more than 65 million ‘drug-reaction pairs’* read more

Levetiracetam and carbamazepine show efficacy in treatment of partial seizures

The antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) levetiracetam and carbamazepine have demonstrated their usefulness in the treatment of partial seizures in a new study. Carried out by the Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre and Columbia Asia Hospital in Bangalore, the research aimed to compare the efficacy and safety of these drugs among patients with partial epilepsy. One group received treatment read more

Allergy data ‘could help distinguish epilepsy from psychogenic nonepileptic seizures’

Posted 25 Jan 2016 in Conditions related to epilepsy

A new study has shown how data concerning patient allergies could make it easier to tell the difference between epilepsy and psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES). Conducted by the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco, the research – published in the medical journal Epilepsy & Behavior – sheds light on a new way of identifying cases of PNES, read more

New study highlights potential long-term impact of absence epilepsy

Posted 14 Jan 2016 in Epilepsy in children

A new study has highlighted the potentially significant long-term impact that absence epilepsy can have on mental processing. Absence epilepsy is characterised by seizures that involve the person staring blankly into space for a short period of time before returning to ‘normal’. These seizures can be so brief that they are sometimes not detected for months. Conducted by Akdeniz University in Turkey, read more

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