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 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
There may be a link between a rare heart condition known as long QT syndrome (LQTS) and a risk of having epileptic seizures, according to a study published in the scientific journal Neurology. This means that by screening for the genes that cause LQTS, clinicians could potentially predict someone’s risk of seizures. The study authors say that this is an read more
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
Systemic family therapy can help to improve signs of anxiety and depression in adolescents with epilepsy, according to a new study.
A new study has shed light on the relationship between headaches and mood disturbances in people with epilepsy. Carried out by Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, in Seoul, the research examined the nature and prevalence of headaches in people with epilepsy, and explored their correlation with mood problems. The findings are published in the medical journal Epilepsy & Behavior. During the study, a total read more
A new study has offered evidence that cases of insomnia in people with epilepsy may not be directly caused by their condition. Conducted by South Korea’s Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, in association with three US centres, the research suggested that depression and other comorbid conditions have more to do with causing insomnia than epilepsy itself. Of the 90 adults read more
Researchers at New York University have uncovered vital new clues as to why many people with epilepsy experience memory problems. Background The formation of memories requires extremely precise co-ordination of activity between the brain cortex (the brain’s folded surface) and the hippocampus (found deep within the temporal lobes). Previous studies have shown that spontaneous bursts (SBs) of epileptic activity in the brain in between seizures read more
A new study has demonstrated some of the key priorities that ought to be considered when designing neuropsychiatry services for people with epilepsy. Led by the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Aston University, this research examined data from 60 patients with epilepsy referred to and assessed within a neuropsychiatry setting, to gauge their needs. Services like read more
A new study has identified a link between sudden death in epilepsy and heart conditions.
A recent study has provided evidence of the risk that metabolic syndrome poses to young people with epilepsy. Metabolic syndrome is the medical term for a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity, which are three common, closely-linked conditions. It is estimated to affect one-quarter of adults in the UK. The research, from the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and read more
A new report has identified epilepsy as the leading cause of premature death among people with autism.
Research in South Korea has provided new evidence for an association between epilepsy and sleep disturbance. Led by Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, the study aimed to document the frequency of sleep problems in subjects with epilepsy and determine factors associated with these difficulties. A total of 180 people with epilepsy and 2,836 ‘healthy controls’ were recruited, and information was obtained for each person about sleep problems read more
A new study has shed light on the cognitive impairments that often affect older adults with 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
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
A new structured questionnaire has been shown to help improve seizure description among medical students.
Researchers have identified one of the biological mechanisms by which epilepsy can impact a person’s self-identity and autobiographical memory.
A new study has highlighted some of the risk factors for the development of reading disabilities among rolandic epilepsy patients. The research involved 108 patients with rolandic epilepsy and their 159 siblings from the US or UK, in order to assess whether an association between reading disabilities and seizure variables or antiepileptic drug treatment could be established. According to results read more
The occurrence of anxiety and depression associated with epilepsy tends to vary depending on the patient’s gender, according to a new study. Carried out by Charite-Universitaetsmedizin Berlin and published in the medical journal Seizure, the aim of the study was to analyse if men and women with epilepsy differ with regard to anxiety and depressive symptoms, and to identify possible read more