Category: "SUDEP"

‘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 […]

Have you heard of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy?

Have you heard of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy?

Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is concerning and many—even those with seizure disorders—may not be aware of this condition. New research published in Epilepsia, a journal published by Wiley on behalf of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), reports that 76% of caregivers are more likely to have heard of SUDEP compared with 65% of […]

Severe Forms Of Childhood Epilepsy Caused By Gene Mutations

Severe Forms Of Childhood Epilepsy Caused By Gene Mutations

Via Medical Daily Scientists have uncovered synapse genes with major roles in severe childhood epilepsy. Watching your child undergo bouts of epileptic seizures can be painful and frightening. While a majority of kids outgrow epileptic seizures by the time they hit their teens, there are some who suffer from severe forms that can be life-threatening. […]

Low-dose fish oil regimen may reduce seizures!

Low-dose fish oil regimen may reduce seizures!

A new study completed by UCLA reports that fish oil could help patients who struggle with epileptic seizures.  A randomized controlled study reported that low doses of omega-3 fatty acids decrease the frequency of seizures. (1) Participants of the study took three fish oil capsules per day at 1080 mg each dose.  Participants found a significant […]

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