For patients with epilepsy, anti-epileptic drug serum concentrations remain stable during the ketogenic diet, apart from those of valproic acid, according to a study published online June 18 in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics. Changes in serum concentrations of other anti-epileptic drugs not found to be significant. For patients with epilepsy, anti-epileptic drug serum concentrations remain stable during the ketogenic diet (KD), apart from those of valproic acid, according to a study published online June 18 in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics.
Researchers suggest that Marmite may benefit brain function. Marmite is far from one of the most popular foods in the United States. In fact, many Americans are unlikely to have heard of it. A new study, however, suggests that when it comes to boosting brain function, Marmite triumphs over peanut butter.
A new study shows that older people who followed a Mediterranean diet retained more brain volume over a three-year period than those who did not follow the diet as closely. The study is published in the January 4, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. But contrary to earlier studies, eating more fish and less meat was not related to changes in the brain.
Reducing calorie intake, or fasting, may help decrease the frequency of seizures in people with epilepsy by calming overexcited neurons in the brain, early research suggests. “Our findings suggest that one of the reasons that fasting is beneficial is that it gives the nervous system a break,” Pejmun Haghighi, PhD, the study’ senior author, said in a press release. The study, “Acute Fasting Regulates Retrograde Synaptic Enhancement through a 4E-BP-Dependent Mechanism,” was published in the December issue of the journal Neuron.
According to new research, women who are overweight or obese may have an increased risk of the most common kind of stroke, called ischemic stroke, but a decreased risk of a more often deadly stroke, called hemorrhagic stroke. The study is published in the September 7, 2016, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide and the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. “We found that the risk of ischemic stroke, which is associated with a blockage of blood flow to the brain and is the most common stroke subtype, is increased in overweight and obese women. By contrast, the risk of hemorrhagic stroke, which is associated with bleeding into the brain, is decreased in overweight an...
In many cases of epilepsy, depression as well as autism, ADHD and anxiety may be present.Vegan’s and Vegetarian’s also beware. Scientists have developed a new evidence-based scale that rates animal- and plant-based foods that improve depressive symptoms. Research on this scale and on foods that help nourish the brain was presented here at a standing-room-only session during the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 2016 Annual Meeting. There is increasing evidence regarding the crucial role that diet plays in brain health, particularly in the areas of depression and dementia, said Drew Ramsey, MD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, Columbia University, New York City, who was one of the session speakers. Although the research focuses more in the areas of depression and...
The implementation of a ketogenic diet (KD) to treat intractable childhood epilepsy has ancient origins. As elements of the treatment have advanced over the centuries, clinicians are hopeful the diet’s uses can be expanded to address other neurological disorders. The CDC estimates 1 percent of children ages 0–17 (approximately 750,000) are affected by epilepsy or seizure disorders. The majority of these children receive first line pharmacologic treatment, which effectively treats their epilepsy. However, 20–30 percent of patients do not respond to medications, and one of the most efficacious alternative therapies is the KD.
Decanoic acid ‘more effective that current epilepsy treatments’ While anti-seizure medications are considered the primary treatment for epilepsy, some individuals with the condition do not respond to such therapy. But the results of a new study may offer a solution; researchers found a fatty acid that forms part of a ketogenic diet could be used to treat the condition. Researchers found a fatty acid that forms a part of the MCT ketogenic diet was effective for preventing seizures in people with epilepsy. Prof. Robin Williams, of the Centre for Biomedical Sciences at Royal Holloway, University of London in the UK, and colleagues publish their findings in the journal Brain. A ketogenic diet incorporates foods that are high in fats, moderate in proteins and low in carbohydrates. T...
Autism symptoms can be reduced in an animal model with low glycemic index diets, similar to those diabetics follow to control blood sugar levels, according to a new study. The study by Salk Institute scientists found that the brains of mice fed diets with a high glycemic index accumulated more activated immune cells called microglia, along with signs of inflammation. The mice also exhibited more autistic type behaviors, such as impaired social interactions, and apparently purposeless activities. Mice fed low glycemic index diets showed improved behavior.
Approximately 2.3 million adults and around 470,000 children in the US have epilepsy, a lifelong neurological condition characterized by recurrent seizures. Now, a new study claims epilepsy patients could reduce seizure frequency by consuming low doses of omega-3 fish oil every day. Consuming low doses of omega-3 fish oil every day for 10 weeks appeared to reduce seizure frequency by a third among patients with epilepsy, according to researchers.