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Continuous EEG monitoring could help identify epilepsy

Posted 14 Dec 2010 in Brain science; genetics

Continuous electroencephalographic (EEG) recording is more effective at identifying epilepsy than routine EEG, according to new research. A study led by Jeffrey Politsky, MD, analysed records of over 950 patients who had suffered bleeding in and around the brain admitted to an intensive care unit over a period of more than three years. The researchers found that a quarter of read more

MRI scans can help predict risk of developing post-traumatic epilepsy

Posted 14 Dec 2010 in Other treatments

A routine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan could help predict the risk of patients developing post-traumatic epilepsy, according to new research. Investigators from the University of Colorado analysed how MRI scans can quantify the disruptions in the blood brain barrier – a factor which is widely believed to lead to the onset of epilepsy. Staff found that laboratory animals who read more

Post traumatic seizure frequency in children double adult rate

Posted 13 Dec 2010 in Epilepsy in children

Children suffer twice as many seizures following brain trauma than adults, according to new research. Staff at the University of Colorado studied patients admitted Denver Children's Hospital with a severe brain injury using a video recording technique known as continuous EEG monitoring (cEEG). The report found that more than half of the study participants (55.6 per cent) suffered early post read more

Mortality rate in elderly epilepsy patients ‘higher than reported’

Posted 13 Dec 2010 in Statistics; treatment in the UK

The mortality rate among elderly epilepsy patients is higher than reported in medical literature, according to new research. Staff at the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System analysed cases of status epilepticus (SE) – in which seizures last over 30 minutes – in elderly patients over an eight year period. They found that nearly one-third (31 per cent) of read more

Epilepsy research shows drug combination more effective at protecting brain cells

Posted 10 Dec 2010 in Brain science; genetics

New epilepsy research has shown that a combination of diazepam and a COX-2 inhibitor is more effective at protecting brain cells than a single drug treatment. Staff at the University of Utah School of Medicine conducted a study of the effect NS-398 and a low-dose of diazepam had on decreasing neuronal damage in laboratory animals. A previous study revealed that read more

New epilepsy research aims to reduce seizures in drug resistant patients

Posted 10 Dec 2010 in Other treatments

A new study has been launched which aims to reduce seizure frequency in epilepsy patients who can not be treated with drugs. A group of 70 US doctors are set to test the effectiveness of an investigational treatment in those who still suffer partial-onset seizures despite taking antiepileptic medication. One of the health professionals trialling the therapy, Jay H Harvey, read more

TNS nerve stimulation shown to be safe epilepsy treatment

Posted 9 Dec 2010 in Other treatments

External trigeminal nerve stimulation (TNS) therapy is a safe epilepsy treatment which offers few side effects, according to new research. TNS is considered as an alternative treatment for the condition for those who are resistant to anti-epilepsy drugs, but few tests have been carried out to ascertain its potential health effects. Researchers led by Dr Christopher DeGiorgio, MD, analysed the read more

New epilepsy research shows cryptogenic patients have better health prospects

Posted 9 Dec 2010 in Epilepsy in children

Epilepsy patients who have no known cause for the condition are more likely to have better long-term health prospects, according to new research. Staff at US institution Mayo Clinic analysed data from over 200 children with focal-onset epilepsy. In these patients, seizures are only produced in a particular part of the brain. Each study participant was either categorised as having read more

Early onset of epilepsy linked to sudden death

Posted 8 Dec 2010 in Conditions related to epilepsy

Epilepsy patients who develop the condition early may be at a higher risk of suffering a premature death, according to new research. Members of the Epidemiology Task Force of the International League Against Epilepsy collected data gathered from four published studies to analyse the cause of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). The research analysed factors such as when the read more

AHNP cells could provide ‘effective’ treatment for epilepsy patients

Posted 8 Dec 2010 in Brain science; genetics

Adult human neuronal progenitor cells (AHNPs) could provide an effective treatment for epilepsy, according to new research. Staff at the University of Florida analysed the ability of ANHPs to generate functional neurons which can then integrate with others in the patient's brain. Neuronal progenitors from a 13-year-old epilepsy patient were transplanted into the brains of newborn animals where they were read more

Nerve stimulation therapy shown to improve epilepsy patients’ condition

Posted 7 Dec 2010 in Other treatments

A type of nerve stimulation therapy can reduce epilepsy-related health problems and injuries, according to new research. Staff at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta aimed to find out how vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) can help improve the condition of epilepsy patients who can not be treated with medication alone. Study participants experienced fewer injuries and other health read more

New epilepsy research shows importance of adenosine

Posted 6 Dec 2010 in Other treatments

New epilepsy research has highlighted the key role adenosine plays in the ketogenic diet (KD). Researchers in the US and Sweden analysed the effect the molecule has in reducing the number of seizures in three different groups of mice. The first group had a complete absence of adenosine receptors (A1Rs), while the second were modified to have just 50 per read more

Ketogenic diet shown to be more effective epilepsy treatment than MAD

Posted 6 Dec 2010 in Other treatments

The ketgoenic diet (KD) is a more effective epilepsy treatment than the modified Atkins diet (MAD), according to new research. A study involving four institutions in Denmark, Germany, South Korea and the US aimed to discover whether the high fat, low carbohydrate KD was more effective at reducing seizures than the low carbohydrate MAD. The researchers found that around a read more

Anti-epilepsy drug increases risk of spina bifida in babies

Pregnant women who take a commonly-prescribed anti-epilepsy drug are more than twice as likely to deliver a baby with spina bifida, according to new research. Researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands analysed the link between the condition and the drug carbamazepine in a review involving around 3.8 million babies. The study revealed that women who took carbamazepine read more

US institutions set to begin new epilepsy research following government grant

Posted 1 Dec 2010 in Brain science; genetics

Ten US institutions are set to begin conducting new epilepsy research after they were awarded a share of a $16 million (£10.2 million) government grant. The National Institutes of Health's National Centre for Research Resources division has given the funding to the South Carolina-based colleges and universities to help improve the treatment of a number of diseases. Staff at the read more

Kidney cancer drug shown to reduce seizure frequency

Posted 30 Nov 2010 in Other treatments

A drug used to treat advanced kidney cancer could help reduce the number of seizures suffered by epilepsy patients, according to new research. Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center studied the effect that everolimus, known via the brand name Afinitor, had on the size of a brain tumour in patients with tuberculosis. The findings revealed that participants who also read more

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