A new study has demonstrated the common issue of depressive disorders among people with epilepsy.
Adults with autism often find that epilepsy can lead to more severe autistic characteristics, according to a new study.
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
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
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
People whose epilepsy has a genetic origin are more likely to feel stigmatised as a result of their condition, according to a new study.
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
Cognitive behavioural therapy can be as effective as antidepressants in treating depression in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy, according to a study.
A new study has provided evidence of the value of paying more attention to monitoring rates of seizure-related disability in epilepsy patients.
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 French study has highlighted the need for more attention to be paid to the risk of falls in older people with epilepsy. The small-scale research project followed four women of a mean age of 84.5 years affected by a number of forms of epilepsy, with falls associated with physical seizures or a loss of consciousness. According to data published read more
Emotional stress can play a role in the onset of epilepsy, according to a new study.
A new study has highlighted the benefits of using theory of mind assessments as a means of evaluating social functioning in people with temporal lobe 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
Four new studies have shed light on the reasons behind the link between epilepsy and autism.
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
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
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
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