Conditions related to epilepsy

Self-management programme ‘can help address cognitive impairment in epilepsy’

Posted 4 Mar 2015 in Conditions related to epilepsy

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

Lung fluid buildup ‘could play a role in sudden unexpected death in epilepsy’

Posted 26 Feb 2015 in Conditions related to epilepsy

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

New algorithm ‘could help differentiate between epileptic and non-epileptic seizures’

Posted 31 Dec 2014 in Conditions related to 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

Seizure disorders ‘more common in multiple sclerosis patients’

Posted 29 Dec 2014 in Conditions related to epilepsy

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

Seizure types and symptoms ‘differ by gender’

Posted 29 Oct 2014 in Conditions related to epilepsy

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

New discovery explains how stress leads to increased seizure risk

Posted 28 Oct 2014 in Conditions related to epilepsy

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

Venous thromboembolism risk ‘higher in patients with epilepsy’

Posted 3 Oct 2014 in Conditions related to epilepsy

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

Psychiatric symptoms in epilepsy ‘can be reduced by colocated psychiatrists’

Posted 30 Sep 2014 in Conditions related to epilepsy

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

New study sheds light on situations linked with increased seizure likelihood

Posted 23 Sep 2014 in Conditions related to epilepsy

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

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