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Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526213/epidemiology-of-neurocysticercosis-and-epilepsy-is-everything-described
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REVIEW
Jose F Tellez-Zenteno, Lizbeth Hernandez-Ronquillo
In recent years clinical and epidemiological research on cysticercosis has gained significant interest in some countries, especially in Latin American countries and some countries in Asia and Africa. For many years it has been proposed that the higher prevalence of epilepsy seen in some regions such as Latin-America could be explained by parasitic infections, particularly neurocysticercosis (NCC). In this review we discussed selected epidemiological topics of the association of NCC and epilepsy, such as global distribution around the world, identification of NCC in developed countries, drug resistant epilepsy and NCC...
May 16, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506440/the-wistar-audiogenic-rat-war-strain-and-its-contributions-to-epileptology-and-related-comorbidities-history-and-perspectives
#2
Norberto Garcia-Cairasco, Eduardo H L Umeoka, José A Cortes de Oliveira
In the context of modeling epilepsy and neuropsychiatric comorbidities, we review the Wistar Audiogenic Rat (WAR), first introduced to the neuroscience international community more than 25years ago. The WAR strain is a genetically selected reflex model susceptible to audiogenic seizures (AS), acutely mimicking brainstem-dependent tonic-clonic seizures and chronically (by audiogenic kindling), temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). Seminal neuroethological, electrophysiological, cellular, and molecular protocols support the WAR strain as a suitable and reliable animal model to study the complexity and emergent functions typical of epileptogenic networks...
May 11, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494323/stress-regulation-in-drug-resistant-epilepsy
#3
REVIEW
Iliana Kotwas, Aileen McGonigal, Mireille Bastien-Toniazzo, Fabrice Bartolomei, Jean-Arthur Micoulaud-Franchi
The prevalence of psychological distress, especially depressive and anxiety disorders, is higher in epilepsy than in other chronic health conditions. These comorbid conditions contribute even more than epileptic seizures themselves to impaired quality of life in patients with epilepsy (PWE). The link between these comorbidities and epilepsy appears to have a neurobiological basis, which is at least partly mediated by stress through psychological and pathophysiological pathways. The impact of stress in PWE is also particularly important because it is the most frequently reported seizure trigger...
May 8, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460320/the-efficacy-of-different-kinds-of-intravenously-applied-antiepileptic-drugs-in-the-treatment-of-status-epilepticus-how-can-it-be-determined
#4
Juliane Redecker, Matthias Wittstock, Johannes Rösche
We explored the influence of four different efficacy criteria on the results of observational studies concerning the treatment of status epilepticus (SE) and its subtypes. We compared and contrasted the results of four different efficacy criteria for the effectiveness of phenytoin, valproate, levetiracetam, and lacosamide. Criterion 1=the last antiepileptic drug (AED) administered before SE termination. Criterion 2=the last drug introduced into the antiepileptic therapy within 72h before the cessation of SE and without changes in dosage or number of the co-medication...
April 28, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460319/altered-mt1-and-mt2-melatonin-receptors-expression-in-the-hippocampus-of-pilocarpine-induced-epileptic-rats
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Anna Karynna Alves de Alencar Rocha, Eliangela de Lima, Fernanda Amaral, Rafael Peres, José Cipolla-Neto, Débora Amado
Clinical and experimental findings show that melatonin may be used as an adjuvant to the treatment of epilepsy-related complications by alleviates sleep disturbances, circadian alterations and attenuates seizures alone or in combination with AEDs. In addition, it has been observed that there is a circadian component on seizures, which cause changes in circadian system and in melatonin production. Nevertheless, the dynamic changes of the melatoninergic system, especially with regard to its membrane receptors (MT1 and MT2) in the natural course of TLE remain largely unknown...
April 28, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462844/understanding-the-association-of-neurocysticercosis-and-mesial-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-and-its-impact-on-the-surgical-treatment-of-patients-with-drug-resistant-epilepsy
#6
REVIEW
Marino Muxfeldt Bianchin, Tonicarlo Rodrigues Velasco, Lauro Wichert-Ana, Antonio Carlos Dos Santos, Américo Ceiki Sakamoto
Mesial temporal lobe epilepsy associated with hippocampal sclerosis (MTLE-HS) is one of the most common types of focal epilepsies. This is an epileptic syndrome commonly associated with treatment-resistant seizures, being also the most prevalent form of drug-resistant epilepsy which is treated surgically in most epilepsy surgery centers. Neurocysticercosis (NCC) is one of the most common parasitic infections of the central nervous system, and one of the most common etiological agents of focal epilepsy, affecting millions of patients worldwide...
April 24, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441637/subtle-pathological-changes-in-neocortical-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
#7
Juan G Ochoa, Diana Hentgarden, Audrey Paulzak, Melissa Ogden, Richard Pryson, Markus Lamle, Walter G Rusyniak
This was a prospective observational study to correlate the clinical symptoms, electrophysiology, imaging, and surgical pathology of patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) without hippocampal sclerosis. We selected consecutive patients with TLE and normal MRI undergoing temporal lobe resection between April and September 2015. Clinical features, imaging, and functional data were reviewed. Intracranial monitoring and language mapping were performed when it was required according to our team recommendation...
April 22, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441636/psychological-features-and-quality-of-life-in-50-adult-patients-with-epilepsy-and-their-caregivers-from-the-lecco-epilepsy-center-italy
#8
Alessandra Petruzzi, Andrea Rigamonti, Claudia Yvonne Finocchiaro, Paolo Borelli, Elena Lamperti, Antonio Silvani, Rossana Regazzoni, Lorenzo Stanzani, Andrea Salmaggi
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders. To the best of our knowledge, in Italy, the relationship between patients' and caregivers' psychological state has rarely been analyzed. Thus, we sought to evaluate both the psychological state of patients with epilepsy and that of their caregivers and the interrelationship between them. We also assessed the existing relation between psychological features and some clinical and demographic information, such as number of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), epilepsy duration and education level of patients and their caregivers...
April 22, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437682/sleep-problems-in-pediatric-epilepsy-and-adhd-the-impact-of-comorbidity
#9
Ozalp Ekinci, Çetin Okuyaz, Serkan Gunes, Nuran Ekinci, Merve Kalınlı, Muhammet Emin Tan, Halenur Teke, Meltem Çobanoğulları Direk, Semra Erdoğan
AIMS: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a frequent comorbidity in pediatric epilepsy. Although sleep problems are commonly reported in both children with primary ADHD and epilepsy, those with epilepsy-ADHD comorbidity have not been well studied. This study aimed to compare sleep problems among three groups of children: 1) children with epilepsy, 2) children with epilepsy and ADHD (epilepsy-ADHD), and 3) children with primary ADHD. METHODS: 53 children with epilepsy, 35 children with epilepsy-ADHD, and 52 children with primary ADHD completed the Children's Sleep Habits Questionnaire (CSHQ)...
April 21, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437681/predicting-wellbeing-among-people-with-epilepsy-using-illness-cognitions
#10
Kirstie A Salter, Kirsty N Prior, Malcolm J Bond
OBJECTIVE: This study sought to examine the synergistic contribution of illness-related perceptions (stigma, severity, and threat) and illness behavior to wellbeing among people with epilepsy. Poorer wellbeing was expected among those who perceived greater stigma, illness severity, and threat and had more extreme illness behavior. METHODS: Individuals with a diagnosis of epilepsy (N=210), recruited through local and online support groups, completed a questionnaire comprising demographic and epilepsy-specific information, and validated measures of illness perceptions and behavior, epilepsy-related quality of life, and general psychological health...
April 21, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434793/reflections-on-a-life-in-epilepsy-evolution-of-epileptology-in-australia-early-days
#11
EDITORIAL
Peter F Bladin
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April 20, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238865/an-australian-nationwide-survey-on-medicinal-cannabis-use-for-epilepsy-history-of-antiepileptic-drug-treatment-predicts-medicinal-cannabis-use
#12
Anastasia S Suraev, Lisa Todd, Michael T Bowen, David J Allsop, Iain S McGregor, Carol Ireland, Nicholas Lintzeris
Epilepsy Action Australia conducted an Australian nationwide online survey seeking opinions on and experiences with the use of cannabis-based products for the treatment of epilepsy. The survey was promoted via the Epilepsy Action Australia's main website, on their Facebook page, and by word of mouth. The survey consisted of 39 questions assessing demographics, clinical factors, including diagnosis and seizure types, and experiences with and opinions towards cannabis use in epilepsy. A total of 976 responses met the inclusion criteria...
February 24, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237318/strokes-are-possible-complications-of-cannabinoids-use
#13
REVIEW
Valérie Wolff, Emilie Jouanjus
It is critically important to identify all factors that may play a role in the recent increase of the incidence of stroke among the young population. Considering the worldwide use of cannabinoids (cannabis and synthetic cannabinoids), the recent legalization of their consumption in some countries, and their supposed involvement in cardiovascular events, we evaluated their role in the occurrence of neurovascular complications among the young. Ninety-eight patients were described in the literature as having a cannabinoids-related stroke (85 after cannabis use and 13 after synthetic cannabinoids)...
February 23, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457992/influence-of-seizures-on-early-development-in-tuberous-sclerosis-complex
#14
Jamie K Capal, Beatriz Bernardino-Cuesta, Paul S Horn, Donna Murray, Anna Weber Byars, Nicole M Bing, Bridget Kent, Deborah A Pearson, Mustafa Sahin, Darcy A Krueger
OBJECTIVE: Epilepsy is commonly seen in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC). The relationship between seizures and developmental outcomes has been reported, but few studies have examined this relationship in a prospective, longitudinal manner. The objective of the study was to evaluate the relationship between seizures and early development in TSC. METHODS: Analysis of 130 patients ages 0-36months with TSC participating in the TSC Autism Center of Excellence Network, a large multicenter, prospective observational study evaluating biomarkers predictive of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), was performed...
May 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454061/evaluation-of-a-pilot-innovative-cognitive-behavioral-therapy-based-psychoeducation-group-treatment-for-functional-non-epileptic-attacks
#15
Sarah R Cope, Jared G Smith, Tara King, Niruj Agrawal
A high proportion of patients presenting at epilepsy clinics experience functional non-epileptic attacks (FNEA), and while psychological treatment is generally thought to be the required intervention, evidence regarding psychological treatment of FNEA is limited. A small number of psychoeducation treatments have been evaluated, with promising results. As part of routine care within a neuropsychiatry service, a 3-session cognitive-behavior therapy- (CBT-) informed psychoeducation group was developed. Patients with comorbid epilepsy were included...
May 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448942/assessing-knowledge-of-symptoms-and-first-aid-care-of-epilepsy-in-grenada-west-indies
#16
Sean C Cofano, Disep Ojukwu, Natasha Mozumdar, Zainab Raza, Shipra Saigal, Shashank Musku, Safwan Zar, Michael Merolla, Tuula O Jalonen
Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder that is increasingly prevalent in developing countries. It is critical to provide appropriate support to patients during seizures in order to prevent injuries. False beliefs regarding the etiology or pathogenesis of the epilepsy and inadequate health information may put patients with epilepsy or other seizure disorders at increased risk of injury. Our objective was to assess the level of epilepsy awareness amongst the general population in Grenada and educate the participants regarding proper first-aid measures...
May 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437751/effects-of-picrotoxin-on-zebrafish-larvae-behaviors-a-comparison-study-with-ptz
#17
Xue Yang, Jia Lin, Xiaolan Peng, Qin Zhang, Yinglan Zhang, Ning Guo, Shuizhen Zhou, Qiang Li
Larval zebrafish (Danio rerio) have been suggested as a high-throughput experimental animal model for epilepsy-related genetic and developmental studies. The behavioral manifestations in response to the seizure-inducing drugs picrotoxin (PTX) (1, 5, 25, 125, or 625μM) or pentylenetetrazole (PTZ) (1, 2, 4, 8, or 16mM) under light-dark conditions were studied using zebrafish larvae at 5days post-fertilization (dpf). Two behavioral parameters, locomotor activity and thigmotaxis behavior, were analyzed. We conclude that high concentrations of PTX treatment increased locomotion and thigmotaxis in 5 dpf zebrafish larvae under continuous illumination and the locomotion of PTX-treated zebrafish was decreased under the dark condition...
May 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437750/becoming-comfortable-with-my-epilepsy-strategies-that-patients-use-in-the-journey-from-diagnosis-to-acceptance-and-disclosure
#18
Sinead Pembroke, Agnes Higgins, Niall Pender, Naomi Elliott
OBJECTIVE: Proponents of resilience theory have highlighted the importance of understanding the processes of resilience. The objective of the study was to explore how people with epilepsy reach a stage of being comfortable with their epilepsy. Identifying the processes used is important to developing effective self-management for people who are newly diagnosed with epilepsy. METHOD: A grounded theory approach involving forty-nine consenting adult people with epilepsy (18 years and over), was used to explore their first-hand experiences of coming to terms with their epilepsy...
May 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437749/epilepsy-awareness-and-emergency-rescue-training-ignorance-is-bliss
#19
Rohit Shankar, Caryn Jory, Brendan McLean, Phil Tittensor, Matthew Walker
Status epilepticus (SE) has a high mortality rate and is associated with complications such as neurological deficit and cognitive decline. Buccal midazolam is the recommended emergency rescue medication in the UK to reduce the duration of a seizure and SE. It should be administered by an appropriately trained person. There are agreed guidelines on training standards for its administration in the UK produced by the Joint Epilepsy Council of the United Kingdom and Ireland. Training should provide an overview of epilepsy to facilitate safe, person-centered care and appropriate administration of rescue medication to people with epilepsy (PWE)...
May 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432961/diurnal-patterns-and-relationships-between-physiological-and-self-reported-stress-in-patients-with-epilepsy-and-psychogenic-non-epileptic-seizures
#20
Barbora Novakova, Peter R Harris, Markus Reuber
PURPOSE: Patients with epilepsy and those with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) experience high levels of stress and stress is one of the most frequently self-identified seizure precipitants. Although stress is a multifaceted phenomenon, few studies have systematically examined its different components in patients with seizures. The aim of this study was therefore to describe diurnal patterns of psychological and physiological measures of stress in patients with epilepsy and patients with PNES, and explore their relationships to each other in order to improve our understanding of the mechanisms underlying stress and seizure occurrence in these patients...
May 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
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