Category: "SUDEP"

SUDEP: Sleeping Position Linked to Risk of SUDEP

SUDEP: Sleeping Position Linked to Risk of SUDEP

Sleeping on your stomach may heighten your risk of sudden death if you have epilepsy, new research suggests. Sudden, unexpected death in epilepsy occurs when an otherwise healthy person dies and “the autopsy shows no clear structural or toxicological cause of death,” said Dr. Daniel Friedman, assistant professor of neurology at NYU Langone Medical Center in […]

Understanding The Brain and Heart Connection, Related to Epilepsy Mortality

Understanding The Brain and Heart Connection, Related to Epilepsy Mortality

Understanding the connection between the brain and the heart and the possible malfunction of cells and mechanisms in the connection may lead to better understanding and prevention of SUDEP and other cardiac symptoms related to epilepsy. ANN ARBOR, Mich. — For children and adults with epilepsy, the possibility of dying suddenly and without warning looms […]

SUDEP: Research Initiative Receives Grant for Furthering Understanding

SUDEP: Research Initiative Receives Grant for Furthering Understanding

Projects build a virtual center for research on death associated with epilepsy Nine groups of scientists will receive funding totaling $5.9 million in 2014 to work together on increasing the understanding of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), the leading cause of death from epilepsy. The consortium becomes the second Center Without Walls, an initiative […]

‘Landmark’ study confirms cause of epilepsy related to mortality risk

‘Landmark’ study confirms cause of epilepsy related to mortality risk

By Eleanor McDermid, Senior medwireNews Reporter A “landmark” meta-analysis confirms the increased mortality risk in patients who have symptomatic or cryptogenic epilepsy. The study by Olli Nevalainen (University of Tampere, Finland) and colleagues included data for 165,879 patients from 38 epilepsy cohorts studied over the past 40 years, the majority (79.6%) of whom were from […]

Surgery May Prolong Life in Some Children With Epilepsy

Surgery May Prolong Life in Some Children With Epilepsy

Epilepsy surgery adds several years to the life expectancy of children with refractory epilepsy who are deemed suitable surgical candidates, and it may improve their quality of life compared with continuing medical therapy only, a new study suggests. While there’s a growing consensus that surgery is sometimes an optimal choice in some pediatric patients, the […]

FOLLOW UP: Seizures and sudden death, When SUMO ‘wrestles’ potassium channels

FOLLOW UP: Seizures and sudden death, When SUMO ‘wrestles’ potassium channels

A gene crucial for brain and heart development may also be associated with sudden unexplained death in epilepsy (SUDEP), the most common cause of early mortality in epilepsy patients. Scientists at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have created a new animal model for SUDEP and have shown that mice who have a […]

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