A new robotic device that can be used to perform brain surgery through the cheek could greatly aid the future treatment of epilepsy.
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New US research into the function of neurons could potentially pave the way for new insights into brain disorders, including epilepsy.
A new study has suggested that scans of the frontolimbic brain network could be a useful means of predicting depressive symptoms in temporal lobe epilepsy. Research from the University of California, San Diego has been published in the medical journal Epilepsy Research observing that frontolimbic functional connectivity demonstrates a strong correlation with depressive symptoms. By assessing data from 21 patients read more
Single episodes of juvenile status epilepticus can help to reduce the threshold to adult seizures in various ways, according to new research. Carried out by the University of Ioannina in Greece, the study built on previous findings suggesting that status epilepticus episodes in immature rats can induce a long-term increase in cholinergic excitation, a process that can increase seizure risk. read more
A new model for predicting seizures in critically ill children has demonstrated its potential efficacy in a study.
US scientists have developed an innovative new method to study epilepsy in samples of patients’ brain tissue.
A new study has highlighted a potentially higher risk of venous thromboembolisms among patients with epilepsy. The research from the Medical University of South Carolina examined all inpatient, emergency department and hospital-based outpatient encounters in South Carolina from 2000 to 2011 to monitor the possible correlation between the two conditions. A total of 138,497 people with migraines and 67,900 people read more
A new study has highlighted the potentially positive outcomes that refractory epilepsy patients can achieve even after being rejected for surgical treatment. Carried out at the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Israel, the research looked at the outcomes of patients rejected from focal resective surgery due to medical reasons, or who simply chose not to undergo it. It examined 52 read more
A new study in the US will aim to shed light on the process leading from initial seizures to the onset of epilepsy later in life.
Gene mutations associated with severe and difficult-to-treat forms of childhood epilepsy have been identified by an international team.
The severity of comorbid psychiatric symptoms in epilepsy clinics could be reduced using a colocation model, according to a new study. Conducted at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in the US, the research aimed to assess the potential impact of colocated psychiatric services within outpatient epilepsy clinics – a previously under-reported consideration. According to data published read more
A US study has illustrated the mental health benefits that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can offer to adolescents with epilepsy. Conducted by the University of Michigan and published in the medical journal Epilepsy & Behavior, the research saw 34 adolescents enrolled in a CBT programme to see if it would enhance their psychosocial functioning. CBT is a talking therapy that read more
Researchers have highlighted the potentially beneficial role that levetiracetam can play in reducing abnormal network activation in temporal lobe epilepsy patients. The University College London study used functional MRI and a model of working memory analysis to investigate the effects of levetiracetam on cognitive network activations in patients with drug-resistant forms of temporal lobe epilepsy. Looking at data from more read more
A major new collaborative international study has shed light on new genes identified with the development of severe childhood epilepsies. The project saw members of the European EuroEPINOMICS consortium analyse the genetic information of 356 patients and their parents, looking for genes that had acquired new mutations in children with severe epilepsies when compared to the DNA of the parents. read more
Pre-hospital guidelines for seizure emergencies in the UK are in need of an update, according to a new study.
Background Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is the sudden death of a person with epilepsy, for which no cause (e.g. trauma or poisoning) can be found. It affects approximately 500 people in the UK each year, and it is believed to happen when a seizure stops the heart and/or breathing for an extended period of time. Potassium channels (needed read more
Background Febrile seizures (FS – seizures triggered by a high fever) affect around 4-5% of children between the ages of six months and five years, and about 1-2% of these will go on to develop epilepsy. In the days after a vaccination, children are 2-5 times more likely than usual to have a FS, and if a child has one read more
Background Epilepsy surgery is a treatment option for a carefully considered proportion of people with drug-resistant focal epilepsy. Older adults are currently less likely to be referred for surgery than younger adults, because there is a wide-held belief that after the age of 50 years there is a lower chance of seizure freedom and an increased risk of complications and read more
A new Canadian study has identified a series of risk factors for health-related quality of life in children with epilepsy.
A new study from the University of Cambridge has demonstrated that certain situations may be associated with an increased likelihood of seizures among patients with epilepsy and intellectual disabilities. The research involved conversations with carers of 100 people with various forms of epilepsy, including Rett syndrome or fragile X syndrome, to determine situations associated with increased or decreased seizure likelihood read more