A new self-management intervention programme targeting cognitive dysfunction could help to improve quality of life and reduce memory-related disability in adults with epilepsy, according to a study. Carried out by the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in the US, the small-scale investigation showed that the programme was feasible for delivery to a rural population with epilepsy, with 13 of the 16 enrolled read more
A new study has shed light on a potential link between the abnormal buildup of fluid in the lungs and sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). Published in the medical journal Seizure, the research aimed to investigate the incidence of post-seizure lung fluid accumulation – postictal pulmonary oedema – following generalised tonic clonic seizures. Chest X-rays following each seizure were read more
A new UK study has highlighted the elevated risk of anxiety and sleep problems among patients with epilepsy.
Nearly one in five adult epilepsy patients reported attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms, according to a new US study.
A new study has shed light on some of the factors that affect rates of status epilepticus recurrence among patients.
A new study has demonstrated the increased risk of stroke among people with adult-onset epilepsy.
A new study has demonstrated the potential utility of a new algorithm that could help doctors tell the difference between epileptic and non-epileptic convulsive seizures. Researchers from Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark have carried out a test to clinically validate an automated algorithm, based on surface electromyography (EMG), for differentiation between convulsive epileptic and psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES). A total read more
People affected by multiple sclerosis may be more likely to also experience seizure disorders such as epilepsy, according to a new study. Published in the medical journal Multiple Sclerosis, the University of Manitoba study reviewed 32 studies regarding seizure disorders and 18 relating to sleep issues, in order to investigate the suggestion that comorbid neurologic disorders are more common than read more
New studies have shed light on the underlying cardiac abnormalities that could help to explain cases of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy.
Psychological online interventions for depression can be effective in people with epilepsy, according to a study from Germany.
A new study has shed light on the close but often complex relationship between childhood epilepsy and sleep apnoea.
Young adults with migraine are at a significantly higher risk of going on to develop epilepsy, according to a new study from Taiwan. Carried out by the Taiwan College of Medicine, the study evaluated the effect of migraine on the subsequent development of epilepsy among a total of 10,016 patients diagnosed with migraine between 2000 and 2009, compared to a read more
Epilepsy patients’ gender can affect their likelihood of experiencing different types of seizure and symptoms, according to a study in Sweden and the US. Published in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior, the research studied seizure semiology data from 1,236 patients with epilepsy to explore differences in seizure types, as well as focal seizure symptoms, between males and females. In patients read more
A new study from the US has revealed insights into the established link between higher stress levels and an elevated risk of epileptic seizures. Conducted by the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, the research identified a potential mechanism underlying changes in neuronal excitability in the hippocampus following chronic stress. Animal test subjects that experienced chronic stress were shown read more
A new study has highlighted for improved awareness of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy in order to encourage better understanding and management of the condition.
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
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 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
A new study from Canada has highlighted the fact that depression is often underdiagnosed or left untreated among patients with epilepsy.