Conditions related to epilepsy

Link Between Epilepsy and Multiple Sclerosis Uncovered, Could Help Scientists Develop New Treatments for Both Conditions

Posted 13 Mar 2017 in Conditions related to epilepsy

Researchers at the University of California uncovered a potential new link between epilepsy and multiple sclerosis (MS), an auto-immune disease where the immune system attacks the myelin sheath that covers nerve fibres.  This new finding could lead to potential new treatments against epilepsy as well as MS. The study that was published in the journal Neuroscience, showed that people with read more

Some Forms of Epilepsy Could Be Autoimmune in Nature, Suggests Study Linking Parasitic Infection and Nodding Syndrome

Posted 17 Feb 2017 in Conditions related to epilepsy

Some forms of epilepsy such as nodding syndrome, could be autoimmune in nature according to a study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. “The findings … suggest that therapies targeting the immune system may be effective treatments against this disorder and possibly other forms of epilepsy,” said the senior author of the study Dr Avindra Nath who is also read more

Side and Site of Brain Surgery Affects Psychological Outcome

Posted 8 Feb 2017 in Conditions related to epilepsy

The side and site of epilepsy surgery affects its psychological outcome according to a new study published in the journal Epilepsy and Behavior. This finding highlights the importance of considering psychological changes that may occur as a result of epilepsy surgery, on an individual patient basis. According to the authors, further studies are needed to identify potential risk factors that read more

Children and Young People with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy More Likely to Have Mental Health Problems

Posted 7 Feb 2017 in Conditions related to epilepsy

Young people with temporal lobe epilepsy are more likely to have mental health conditions than those with other types of epilepsy, a new study published in the scientific journal Epilepsy and Behavior suggests. According to the authors Dr William Schraegle and Dr Jeffrey Titus, these findings reinforce the relationship between depression and temporal lobe epilepsy. In order to determine whether read more

PAR1 Involved in Regulating Anxiety-Related Behaviour

Posted 21 Jan 2017 in Conditions related to epilepsy

A major receptor found in the brain called PAR1 is involved in the regulation of anxiety-related behaviour, suggests a recent study, published in the journal Epilepsy and Behavior. The study used an animal model of temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), the most common type of focal epilepsy in adults, which is often associated with psychiatric complications such as depression and anxiety. read more

ADHD Drug Could Improve Brain Function in People with Epilepsy

Posted 5 Jan 2017 in Conditions related to epilepsy

Methylphenidate (MPH), a drug used for the treatment of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), could improve cognitive problems in people with epilepsy, according to a study published in the scientific journal Neurology. This suggestion is based on the results of a clinical trial that included 35 adults with epilepsy aged between 20 and 62 years, who had long-standing cognitive read more

Factors Contributing to Anxiety and Depression One Year After Being Diagnosed with Epilepsy

Posted 8 Dec 2016 in Conditions related to epilepsy

Lack of social support is a risk factor for developing anxiety and depression one year after being diagnosed with epilepsy, according to results presented at the American Epilepsy Society’s annual meeting in Houston, Texas. The findings also suggest that epilepsy-related factors such as the number of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) a person is prescribed and seizure recurrence also significantly contribute to depression one year after read more

Children With Congenital Heart Disease Have a Higher Risk of Epilepsy

Posted 29 Nov 2016 in Conditions related to epilepsy

The risk of epilepsy is higher in children with congenital heart disease (CHD) compared with the general population, even if the condition is mild and does not require surgical intervention, according to a study published in the scientific journal, Circulation. This finding suggests that epilepsy in children with CHD may be a consequence of  ‘non-surgical’ factors, such as an insufficient supply of oxygen to the brain during read more

Children Whose Mothers Have Rheumatoid Arthritis Are at a Higher Risk of Developing Childhood Epilepsy

Posted 21 Nov 2016 in Conditions related to epilepsy

Children whose mothers have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) – an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the joints – have an increased risk of developing childhood epilepsy, according to a study published in the scientific journal Neurology. The risk is not increased if it is the child’s father who has RA, which suggests that it may be changes in the environment inside the uterus that play read more

Epilepsy Surgery May Lead to Decline in word-finding as well as Memory

Posted 20 Nov 2016 in Conditions related to epilepsy

People who undergo epilepsy surgery should be counselled about a potential decline in their word-finding ability, according to a study published in the scientific journal, Neurology. Before a person undergoes left temporal lobe surgery for drug-resistant epilepsy, their doctor will discuss with them the risk of subsequent memory problems. However, not much attention has been given to the effects of surgery on word-finding (also read more

Could Voluntary Exercise Delay Status Epilepticus?

Posted 26 Oct 2016 in Conditions related to epilepsy

Voluntary exercise can increase the time it takes for the development of status epilepticus following a stimulation, according to experimental research published in the scientific journal, Epilepsy and Behavior. During the study, researchers led by Dr Ricardo Mario Arida, at Universidade Federal de São Paulo, in Brazil, used female adult rodents to try and establish whether exercise programmes can interfere with seizure read more

Diazepam is as Effective as Lorazepam in Treating Status Epilepticus

Posted 17 Oct 2016 in Conditions related to epilepsy

A recent study, published in the scientific journal Epilepsy and Behavior, shows that lorazepam injection is not more effective than diazepam injection in controlling seizures. According to guidelines and expert consensus, lorazepam should be used preferentially over diazepam as the initial treatment of convulsive status epilepticus. However, this new study suggests that there is not enough evidence to support this practice. The researchers, read more

Treating Depression in People with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy May Improve Their Cognitive Abilities

Posted 11 Oct 2016 in Conditions related to epilepsy

Depression may worsen cognitive abilities (thinking skills) in people with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), according to a study published in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience. Treating depression in this group of people could therefore lead to improvements in cognition. The study, led by Dr Jennifer Davis, at Brown University in Rhodes Island, analysed how depression contributes to reduced executive functioning read more

Gluten-free Diet Could Help Control Seizures in People With Epilepsy who Have Celiac Disease

Posted 4 Oct 2016 in Conditions related to epilepsy

A gluten-free diet could help control seizures in people with epilepsy who have celiac disease, according to a study published in the scientific journal Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine. The researchers, led by Dr Mohammad Ghadami, at Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, in Iran, studied 113 people with epilepsy in two Iranian hospitals. They first measured the levels of a read more

People With Epilepsy Still More Likely to Experience Discrimination

Posted 20 Sep 2016 in Conditions related to epilepsy

A new study, published in the scientific journal Epilepsia, shows that people with epilepsy still feel discriminated against a lot more than the ‘general population’. According to the authors, this could lead to psychological and social problems and may even lead to the development of psychiatric problems. First Author on the study, Dr Victoria Nimmo-Smith, from the University of Bristol, said: “This paper demonstrates that despite read more

Irritable Bowel Syndrome More Common in People With Epilepsy

Posted 26 Aug 2016 in Conditions related to epilepsy

A new study, published in the scientific journal Epilepsy and Behavior, shows that irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is more common in people with epilepsy than in the ‘general’ population. The research also suggests that, although IBS itself doesn’t have a negative impact on health-related quality of life in people with epilepsy, it is associated with a greater likelihood of depression/anxiety read more

The Burden of Headaches in People With Epilepsy

Posted 23 Aug 2016 in Conditions related to epilepsy

The majority of people with epilepsy experience headaches, regardless of their sex or age, according to a study published in Seizure – European Journal of Epilepsy. Headaches can have an extremely negative impact on quality of life. Their high prevalence in people with epilepsy (shown here) suggests they need to be recognised and managed. The authors, based at Vilnius University, in Lithuania, read more

Study confirms that the link between epilepsy and autism ‘works’ both ways

Posted 18 Jun 2016 in Conditions related to epilepsy

New research supports evidence that people with epilepsy are at an increased risk of developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD), especially if their epilepsy begins in childhood. The study, published in the journal Neurology, also indicates that ASD is more common than usual in the siblings and offspring of people with epilepsy. These findings suggest that it may be valuable to screen read more

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