Conditions related to epilepsy

Study hints at benefits of stimulants in patients with ADHD and epilepsy

Posted 10 Jun 2014 in Conditions related to epilepsy

A small-scale study has indicated the possible benefits of using stimulants in the treatment of patients affected by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and epilepsy. Researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School have examined the efficacy of using methylphenidate (MPH) or amphetamine (AMP) to treat patients under the age of 18 with epilepsy and ADHD symptoms. According to read more

Emotion recognition and social cognition ‘can be impacted by epilepsy’

Posted 10 Jun 2014 in Conditions related to epilepsy

A new study has shed light on the potential issues with emotion recognition and social cognition that can sometimes affect patients with temporal lobe epilepsy. Conducted by Charles University in Prague and published in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior, the research involved 30 patients and aimed to evaluate these social factors in pre- and postsurgical patients with unilateral refractory temporal read more

Epilepsy patients receiving TPM ‘should be conscious of effects on kidney’

Posted 30 May 2014 in Conditions related to epilepsy

Epilepsy patient receiving topiramate (TPM) treatment for an extended period of time could benefit from better monitoring of the drug’s potential impact on their kidney health. A study from the University of Belgrade has observed that TPM therapy can have the side effect of inhibiting carbonic anhydrase activity, which is associated with loss of bicarbonate from the kidney, leading to read more

People with Alzheimer’s ‘more likely to experience seizures’

Posted 29 May 2014 in Conditions related to epilepsy

Older people with the form of dementia known as Alzheimer’s disease are more likely to experience seizures or epilepsy, according to new research. The Loma Linda University Medical Center-led study examined data from the US Nationwide Inpatient Sample to examine the association between admissions for a primary diagnosis of epilepsy or seizures and different forms of dementia among patients over read more

Sleep misperception ‘a potential problem in epilepsy patients’

Posted 29 May 2014 in Conditions related to epilepsy

A new study has shed light on the potential risk of sleep misperception experienced by patients with epilepsy. Researchers from Harvard Medical School conducted retrospective chart reviews on 64 individuals with epilepsy in order to investigate the phenomenon, in which an individual underestimates the amount of time spent asleep. Using polysomnography (PSG) techniques, the team was able to reveal that read more

Epilepsy patients with intellectual disabilities ‘require greater monitoring’

Posted 13 May 2014 in Conditions related to epilepsy

People with intellectual disability (ID) and epilepsy need to be treated and monitored more carefully to protect against the risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). A new study from the University of Leicester has evaluated health data from 898 local adults with ID over a 17-year period, finding that 244 of those who died during this period had read more

Epilepsy patients ‘could be at an increased risk of stroke’

Posted 7 May 2014 in Conditions related to epilepsy

Epilepsy patients may need to be monitored for an increased risk of stroke, according to new research from Taiwan. The study, which was published in May 2014 edition of the medical journal Seizure, investigated the incidence and risk of stroke in patients with epilepsy using Taiwan National Health Insurance claims data. Researchers identified 3,812 patients newly diagnosed with epilepsy in read more

New study highlights factors behind anxiety and depression in epilepsy patients

Posted 11 Apr 2014 in Conditions related to epilepsy

Healthcare professionals need to adopt a wider outlook on the factors underpinning anxiety and depression in epilepsy patients, according to new Australian research. Carried out by La Trobe University in Victoria, the study looked at data from the 2010 Australian Epilepsy Longitudinal Survey in order to better understand the mechanisms causing mental problems in this group. Key influencing factors for read more

Soy formula linked to seizures in children with autism

Posted 20 Mar 2014 in Conditions related to epilepsy

Children with autism show higher rates of seizures when fed infant formula based on soy protein as a substitute for human or cow milk formula, according to a new report. Cara Westmark, a researcher from the University of Wisconsin Madison Department of Neurology, studied a sample of 1,949 children with the developmental disorder. She found that among boys, who comprised read more

Epileptiform discharges in FE patients linked to subsequent epilepsy

Posted 4 Mar 2014 in Conditions related to epilepsy

Children who show epileptiform discharges following the diagnosis of fever-induced seizures are more likely to develop epilepsy in the longer term, according to a recent study. The report, which was published in last month’s edition of Clinical EEG Neuroscience, compared the records of 378 patients with complex febrile seizures (FS), each undergoing an electroencephalogram (EEG) following their diagnosis. Some 51 read more

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