Conditions related to epilepsy

New study highlights anxiety and depression trends in children with epilepsy

Posted 5 Oct 2015 in Conditions related to epilepsy

A new population-based study has offered insights into the prevalence of symptoms of anxiety and depression in school-aged children with active epilepsy. Researchers at a number of UK centres allied with the University of Gothenburg in Sweden saw 69 children with active epilepsy screened using the parental reporting version of the Spence Children’s Anxiety Scale, while 48 utilised the self-reporting read more

Epilepsy perceptions ‘affect relationship between depression and quality of life’

Posted 25 Sep 2015 in Conditions related to epilepsy

Patients’ perceptions of their own epilepsy status can have an impact on the relationship between depression and quality of life. In order to assess the relationship, the New York University team looked at 70 patients with epilepsy, who completed questionnaires measuring depression, illness perception and quality of life. According to results published in the medical journal Epilepsia, illness perception statistically read more

Study supports overnight seizures as key factor in SUDEP

Posted 22 Sep 2015 in Conditions related to epilepsy

A new study has indicated that unwitnessed overnight seizures may be a key factor in cases of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). This supports the findings of previous investigations. Led by the Mater Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, the research aimed to to review population autopsy data on epilepsy-related deaths in Queensland to explore factors associated with autopsy-confirmed sudden unexpected read more

Study highlights postoperative depression risk for epilepsy patients

Posted 26 Aug 2015 in Conditions related to epilepsy

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

Depression ‘can affect quality of sleep in epilepsy patients’

Posted 21 May 2015 in Conditions related to epilepsy

People with epilepsy are more likely to experience sleep disruptions if they are affected by depression, according to a new study. The Medical University of Vienna research, published in the medical journal Epilepsy & Behavior, aimed to assess the subjective quality of sleep and influencing factors on sleep quality in patients with partial epilepsy. A total of 32 epilepsy patients read more

Obesity ‘linked with cognitive dysfunction in people with epilepsy’

Posted 27 Mar 2015 in Conditions related to epilepsy

Epilepsy patients are more likely to experience cognitive development issues if they are obese, according to a new study. The University College London-led study explored the relationship between obesity and cognitive underfunction in people with medically intractable epilepsy, with a total of 81 patients admitted for evaluation for medically intractable epilepsy undergoing tests of memory and intellectual function. According to read more

Many epilepsy patients ‘do not protect themselves against osteoporosis’

Posted 27 Mar 2015 in Conditions related to epilepsy

A new study has indicated that epilepsy patients may need to do more to improve their bone health and protect themselves against osteoporosis. The State University of New Jersey study aimed to assess the prevalence of risk factors for osteoporosis in people with epilepsy, as well as patients’ awareness of their risk and their engagement in osteoprotective behaviours. A total read more

More frequent seizures ‘linked to anxiety and depression’

Posted 27 Mar 2015 in Conditions related to epilepsy

Children with epilepsy could be at a higher risk for developing symptoms of anxiety and depression if they experience frequent seizures, according to a new study. The University of Western Ontario research, published in the medical journal Epilepsia, assessed the long-term outcomes of anxiety and depressive symptoms following paediatric epilepsy surgery. A total of 73 surgical patients and 40 nonsurgical read more

Cognitive rehabilitation after epilepsy surgery ‘needs further study’

Posted 27 Mar 2015 in Conditions related to epilepsy

A North American study has indicated that medical professionals need to pay more attention to cognitive rehabilitation among epilepsy surgery patients. Led by Alberta Children’s Hospital and published in the medical journal Epilepsia, the research appraised existing evidence regarding cognitive rehabilitation approaches in epilepsy patients undergoing resective surgery to review the effectiveness of specific strategies. Of 2,059 citations identified, four read more

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