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Omega-3 ‘may help to protect against SUDEP’

Posted 2 Sep 2015 in Other treatments

Omega-3 fatty acids could help to protect against the onset of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), according to a new Brazilian study. Published in the medical journal Epilepsy & Behavior, the Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo research looked at serum levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) and cytokines in rats with epilepsy, as well as the impact of omega-3 on read more

New study shows high frequency of seizures in paediatric brain tumour survivors

Posted 1 Sep 2015 in Epilepsy in children

A study from the US has demonstrated the high risk of seizures among children who survive brain tumours. Led by Boston Children’s Hospital, the retrospective longitudinal study reviewed data from 298 patients during a 12-month period to describe the incidence and risk factors for seizures in long-term survivors of paediatric brain tumors. It was found that seizures were a frequent read more

Study highlights postoperative depression risk for epilepsy patients

Posted 26 Aug 2015 in Conditions related to epilepsy

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

Fish oil ‘could aid seizure control in children with epilepsy’

Posted 12 Aug 2015 in Other treatments

Children with hard-to-treat forms of epilepsy could see seizure control benefits by increasing their intake of fish oil. Published in the North American Journal of Medical Sciences, the Egyptian study aimed to investigate the effect of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in reducing the frequency and severity of epileptic seizures in children with medically resistant epilepsy. A total of 70 patients read more

Valproate ‘modulates glucose metabolism in patients with epilepsy’

The antiepileptic drug (AED) valproate may have a direct impact on glucose metabolism in patients with epilepsy, according to research. A study from Estonia’s University of Tartu explored the influence of valproate treatment on glucose and insulin levels, as determined by an oral glucose tolerance test, directly following the first intravenous administration. In total, 16 patients with newly diagnosed epilepsy read more

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