People whose epilepsy has a genetic origin are more likely to feel stigmatised as a result of their condition, according to a new study.
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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
A new study has demonstrated the long-term efficacy of the ketogenic diet as an add-on therapy in children with refractory epilepsy.
Newly-published phase III trial data has offered evidence of the benefits of perampanel in the treatment of primary generalised tonic-clonic seizures.
Behavioural issues in children receiving epilepsy surgery can persist beyond the achievement of seizure control, according to a new study.
A new US study has demonstrated the elevated risk of congenital malformations in infants exposed to antiepileptic medications in utero.
Cognitive behavioural therapy can be as effective as antidepressants in treating depression in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy, according to a study.
A new US study has provided evidence of the significant clinical and economic burdens associated with breakthrough seizures.
Molecular differences in the functioning of male and female brains could create differences in epileptic symptoms between the genders, according to a study.
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
People who experience an extended period of seizure freedom following an initial seizure are unlikely to go on to develop epilepsy, according to a new study.
An innovative epilepsy therapy has become the first ever 3D-printed drug to be approved in the US.
A new study has provided evidence of the value of paying more attention to monitoring rates of seizure-related disability in epilepsy patients.
Self-management training can have a positive impact on health-related quality of life in patients with epilepsy, according to a new study.
A new study has offered evidence of the common issue of sleep disorders as a comorbidity experienced by epilepsy patients.
A new study has found differing rates of depression among men and women with epilepsy.
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