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A new study has offered fresh insight into possible predictors of postoperative depression in patients with focal drug-resistant focal epilepsy. Conducted at San Paolo Hospital in Milan, the study involved 248 people and analysed a number of variables, including demographic, neurologic and psychiatric characteristics, as well as antiepileptic therapy usage. According to results published in the medical journal Epilepsia, 27 read more

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

The antiepileptic drug (AED) valproate may have a direct impact on glucose metabolism in patients with epilepsy, according to research. A study from Estonia’s University of Tartu explored the influence of valproate treatment on glucose and insulin levels, as determined by an oral glucose tolerance test, directly following the first intravenous administration. In total, 16 patients with newly diagnosed epilepsy read more

A new study from Germany has demonstrated the potential benefits that intranasal midazolam can offer in the treatment of presurgical epilepsy. The research, published in the medical journal Epilepsia, evaluated the tolerability and efficacy of the ictal and immediate postictal application of intranasal midazolam in adolescents and adults during video-electroencephalography monitoring. A total of 75 patients were treated with the read more

A new study from the Netherlands has demonstrated the effectiveness of the ketogenic diet in the treatment of children with refractory epilepsy. The trial aimed to evaluate the efficacy of ketogenic dietary treatment, and to search for child- or diet-related factors that can predict its effectiveness after 12 months follow-up. In addition, the team wished to determine the usefulness of read more

US researchers have identified several psychosocial predictors that can help to forecast whether or not youths with newly-diagnosed epilepsy will successfully adhere to treatment. The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center aimed to find modifiable behavioural predictors of two-year antiepileptic drug (AED) adherence trajectories among young people with epilepsy, controlling for known demographic and medical factors. It is well established that read more

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