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New screening tool can improve the quality of life for epilepsy patients with sleep apnea

Rutgers researchers publish electronic health record assessment that can identify epilepsy patients at risk for obstructive sleep apnea Rutgers researchers have developed a tool to help neurologists screen for obstructive sleep apnea in people with epilepsy whose seizures can be magnified by sleep disorders. PHOTO: The study was led by Martha A. Mulvey (left), a nurse practitioner at University Ho...

Which foods help prevent migraines?

As migraines can be so debilitating, it can be beneficial to identify and avoid potential triggers. For some people, migraine triggers can include specific foods or types of food. Conversely, some foods may reduce the frequency of migraine headaches or lessen their symptoms. While there is no definitive “migraine diet,” people may be able to reduce their migraines by monitoring what th...

Newer epilepsy drugs fail to improve outcomes

Overall treatment outcomes in patients with epilepsy have failed to improve, despite the proliferation of several newer antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) with different mechanisms, according to a recent study published in JAMA Neurology. Treatment outcomes in patients with epilepsy have not improved, despite the advent of more than 15 newer antiepileptic drugs.   “Despite the availability of over 15...

Azure used to ‘learn’ when epilepsy patients will have a seizure

Seizures are fickle things, given there is always limited to no warning and never a convenient time. However, as we gain new advances in technology the possibility of being able to actively sense and predict when a seizure is coming is becoming a very real possibility. Data has become a critical part of our lives and now the data centres could also save our lives too. MyCareCentric Epilepsy has la...

Significant Variations in Epilepsy Surgical Strategy, Deficit Reporting Exist

There is significant variation in the use of diagnostic testing and resective strategies among major epilepsy surgery centers practicing surgical resection in epileptogenic zones (EZ) in close proximity to or in the eloquent cortex (EC), according to results of a survey administered on behalf of the International League Against Epilepsy and published in Epilepsia. Of the 40 survey respondents, 19 ...

Cannabis 101: A guide to CBD oil

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a non-intoxicating chemical compound that comes from the cannabis sativa plant.  CBD is one of over 100 such compounds, known as cannabinoids, which are found in the plant. Unlike THC — or tetrahydrocannabinol, another cannabinoid — CBD is non-euphoric. What is the history of CBD? CBD was first discovered in the 1940’s by Roger Adams, the former head of the chemistry depart...

Epilepsy Epilepsy expert discusses latest research, side effects and FDA guidance for use aproved CBD treatment

Treating epilepsy presents a variety of challenges for patients and their families. Sometimes, it takes time to find the right medication and dosing to properly manage seizures and other epilepsy-related health issues. Or it may be necessary to adjust the medication so that it doesn’t cause side effects that impact quality of life. This is especially true for patients with two rare forms of severe...

Risk for Late-Onset Epilepsy Linked to a Class of Protein, Smoking, Diabetes

A recent study has shown that a class of proteins involved in the metabolism of fats in the body. Apolipoprotein E ε4 (APOE ε4) genotype and the presence of potentially modifiable risk factors such as smoking, hypertension, and diabetes in midlife are associated with a higher risk for late-onset epilepsy. Participants from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study were enrolled in it. A...

Circadian and circaseptan rhythms in human epilepsy

Results of a recent study suggest that seizure cycles are robust, patient specific, and more widespread than previously understood. They align with the accepted consensus that most epilepsies have some diurnal influence. Variations in seizure rate have important clinical implications. Detection and tracking of seizure cycles on a patient-specific basis should be standard in epilepsy management pra...

LivaNova Launches Study to Assess VNS Therapy in Drug-resistant Epilepsy Patients

September 12, 2018:  LivaNova PLC announced the first implanted patient and official launch of a global registry to evaluate the use of LivaNova’s Vagus Nerve Stimulation Therapy® (VNS Therapy) System for patients with drug-resistant epilepsy (DRE), which affects nearly one in three people with epilepsy.1 The Comprehensive Outcomes Registry in Subjects with Epilepsy Treated with VNS Therapy (CORE-...

Federal chokehold on marijuana stymies studies on epilepsy, autism

A few years ago, I began to see children in my practice who seemingly responded to marijuana-derived extracts. And as a result, I grew cautiously optimistic that these extracts might be good treatments for the condition. As a devout believer in evidence-based medicine, I still needed experimental data that could distinguish bona fide effectiveness from a deceptive impression of benefit — a placebo...

Electronic device used to detect, treat epileptic seizures in mice

Researchers are hoping an electronic device used to detect, stop and prevent epileptic seizures in mice can be used to treat other neurological disorders, according to a study published in Science Advances. In the study led by a U.K. research team, scientists looked at the benefits of “direct in situ electrophoretic drug delivery to treat neurological disorders.” The team developed a neural probe ...