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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786810/-epilepsy-and-comorbid-neurodevelopmental-disorders
#1
Viviann Nordin, Ingrid B Olsson, Torbjörn Tomson
In children and adults with epilepsy, it is important to be aware of and diagnose common comorbidities that may have a large impact on quality of life. Comorbid neurodevelopmental disorders include intellectual disability, autism, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Depression and anxiety are common findings, and also the risk of psychosis is increased. The medication used to treat these comorbidities is found to be effective with little risks of seizure exacerbation, i.e. medication with methylphenidate, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and second generation neuroleptics...
May 22, 2018: Läkartidningen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780332/myoclonic-jerks-and-schizophreniform-syndrome-case-report-and-literature-review
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Dominique Endres, Dirk-M Altenmüller, Bernd Feige, Simon J Maier, Kathrin Nickel, Sabine Hellwig, Jördis Rausch, Christiane Ziegler, Katharina Domschke, John P Doerr, Karl Egger, Ludger Tebartz van Elst
Background: Schizophreniform syndromes can be divided into primary idiopathic forms as well as different secondary organic subgroups (e.g., paraepileptic, epileptic, immunological, or degenerative). Secondary epileptic explanatory approaches have often been discussed in the past, due to the high rates of electroencephalography (EEG) alterations in patients with schizophrenia. In particular, temporal lobe epilepsy is known to be associated with schizophreniform symptoms in well-described constellations. In the literature, juvenile myoclonic epilepsy has been linked to emotionally unstable personality traits, depression, anxiety, and executive dysfunction; however, the association with schizophrenia is largely unclear...
2018: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780310/mobile-software-as-a-medical-device-samd-for-the-treatment-of-epilepsy-development-of-digital-therapeutics-comprising-behavioral-and-music-based-interventions-for-neurological-disorders
#3
Pegah Afra, Carol S Bruggers, Matthew Sweney, Lilly Fagatele, Fareeha Alavi, Michael Greenwald, Merodean Huntsman, Khanhly Nguyen, Jeremiah K Jones, David Shantz, Grzegorz Bulaj
Digital health technologies for people with epilepsy (PWE) include internet-based resources and mobile apps for seizure management. Since non-pharmacological interventions, such as listening to specific Mozart's compositions, cognitive therapy, psychosocial and educational interventions were shown to reduce epileptic seizures, these modalities can be integrated into mobile software and delivered by mobile medical apps as digital therapeutics. Herein, we describe: (1) a survey study among PWE about preferences to use mobile software for seizure control, (2) a rationale for developing digital therapies for epilepsy, (3) creation of proof-of-concept mobile software intended for use as an adjunct digital therapeutic to reduce seizures, and (4) broader applications of digital therapeutics for the treatment of epilepsy and other chronic disorders...
2018: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770251/review-of-the-neurological-benefits-of-phytocannabinoids
#4
REVIEW
Joseph Maroon, Jeff Bost
Background: Numerous physical, psychological, and emotional benefits have been attributed to marijuana since its first reported use in 2,600 BC in a Chinese pharmacopoeia. The phytocannabinoids, cannabidiol (CBD), and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC) are the most studied extracts from cannabis sativa subspecies hemp and marijuana. CBD and Δ9-THC interact uniquely with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Through direct and indirect actions, intrinsic endocannabinoids and plant-based phytocannabinoids modulate and influence a variety of physiological systems influenced by the ECS...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760918/patient-reported-adverse-events-among-epileptic-patients-taking-antiepileptic-drugs
#5
Mohammed Biset Ayalew, Esileman Abdela Muche
Objective: The aim of this study was to assess patient reported adverse events and associated factors among epileptic patients taking antiepileptic drugs on follow-up at University of Gondar Referral Hospital. Methods: Cross-sectional study was done on 354 adult epileptic patients. Patients who were on antiepileptic drugs for epilepsy treatment for less than a year, those who were below 18 years old, patients with incomplete information on the chart and those who were involuntary or uncooperative were excluded from the study...
2018: SAGE Open Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754115/delusional-misidentifications-in-a-procrustean-bed
#6
EDITORIAL
G N Christodoulou, M Margariti, N Christodoulou
The Delusional Misidentification Syndromes (DMSs) are characterized by defective integration of the normally The Delusional Misidentification Syndromes (DMSs) are characterized by defective integration of the normally fused functions of perception and recognition. The classical sub-types are: the syndromes of Capgras, Fregoli,Intermetamorphosis (mentioned in 3) and Subjective doubles. These syndromes occur in a clear sensorium and shouldbe differentiated from the banal transient misidentifications occurring in confusional states and in mania and from thenon-delusional misidentifications (e...
January 2018: Psychiatrikē, Psychiatriki
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754013/psychogenic-nonepileptic-seizures-in-adults-with-epilepsy-and-intellectual-disability-a-neglected-area
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Jans S van Ool, Alexandra I Haenen, Francesca M Snoeijen-Schouwenaars, Albert P Aldenkamp, Jos G M Hendriksen, H Jurgen Schelhaas, In Y Tan, Richard H C Lazeron, Nynke M G Bodde
PURPOSE: To describe the main characteristics of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) in adults with epilepsy and intellectual disability (ID), and to analyse the differences regarding psychosocial functioning, epilepsy severity and ID between patients with PNES and a control group without PNES. METHODS: Medical records of adults with ID and epilepsy living at an epilepsy care facility (N = 240) were screened for PNES and evaluated by a neurologist. A control group consisting of patients with epilepsy and ID, without PNES, was matched according to age, sex and level of ID...
May 4, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753295/major-depressive-disorder-in-epilepsy-clinics-a-meta-analysis
#8
REVIEW
Minjung Kim, Young-Soo Kim, Do-Hyung Kim, Tae-Won Yang, Oh-Young Kwon
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Although depression is a frequent psychiatric comorbidity in people with epilepsy (PWE), its prevalence has been underestimated. Comorbid depression has negative impacts on treatment outcomes and quality of life (QOL). It also causes various problems in PWE, such as fatigue, irritability, and suicidality. This meta-analysis was performed to estimate the frequency of major depression disorder (MDD) in clinics managing PWE. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, Web of Science, and SCOPUS to identify studies...
May 9, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753294/prescription-trends-and-psychiatric-symptoms-following-first-receipt-of-one-of-seven-common-antiepileptic-drugs-in-general-practice
#9
Colin B Josephson, Jordan D T Engbers, Nathalie Jette, Scott B Patten, Tolulope T Sajobi, Deborah Marshall, Mark Lowerison, Samuel Wiebe
We sought to examine the risk of psychiatric symptoms associated with a first prescription for specific antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) used in monotherapy in a general cohort of patients with epilepsy. We used The Health Improvement Network database (comprising the years 2000-2012) to identify incident patients with epilepsy. The index date was that on which they met the case definition for epilepsy, and analyses only included patients who remained on monotherapy or received no AED therapy following diagnosis to avoid confounding by polytherapy...
May 9, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29740504/epidural-abscess-presenting-as-severe-depression-with-suicidal-ideations-case-report
#10
Erin D'Agostino, Vyacheslav Makler, David F Bauer
Background: Epidural abscess (EDA) is an uncommon form of intracranial infection that generally presents with fever, headache, and focal neurologic deficit. Imaging generally reveals a lentiform collection with diffusion restriction on diffusion weighted image. We present an interesting case in which a patient with EDA presented with three weeks of depression with suicidal ideations. The patient displayed no notable infectious signs and the imaging was suggestive of chronic subdural hematoma (SDH) rather than EDA...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29740014/different-patterns-of-epileptiform-like-activity-are-generated-in-the-sclerotic-hippocampus-from-patients-with-drug-resistant-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
#11
Selvin Z Reyes-Garcia, Carla A Scorza, Noemi S Araújo, Nancy N Ortiz-Villatoro, Anaclara Prada Jardim, Ricardo Centeno, Elza Márcia Targas Yacubian, Jean Faber, Esper A Cavalheiro
Human hippocampal slice preparations from patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) associated with hippocampal sclerosis (HS) are excellent material for the characterization of epileptiform-like activity. However, it is still unknown if hippocampal regions as cornu Ammonis (CA) 1, CA3 and CA4, generate population epileptiform-like activity. Here, we investigated epileptiform activities of the subiculum, CA1, CA2, CA3, CA4 (induced by elevation of extracellular potassium concentration) and the dentate gyrus (induced with hilar stimulation and elevation of potassium concentration) from sclerotic hippocampi of patients with drug-resistant TLE...
May 8, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29735512/cognitive-behavioural-therapy-does-not-meaningfully-reduce-depression-in-most-people-with-epilepsy-a-systematic-review-of-clinically-reliable-improvement
#12
REVIEW
Adam J Noble, James Reilly, James Temple, Peter L Fisher
Psychological treatment is recommended for depression and anxiety in those with epilepsy. This review used standardised criteria to evaluate, for the first time, the clinical relevance of any symptom change these treatments afford patients. Databases were searched until March 2017 for relevant trials in adults. Trial quality was assessed and trial authors asked for individual participants' pre-treatment and post-treatment distress data. Jacobson's methodology determined the proportion in the different trial arms demonstrating reliable symptom change on primary and secondary outcome measures and its direction...
May 7, 2018: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29724486/computer-based-monitoring-and-evaluation-of-epilepsy-related-health-variables-and-their-impact-on-treatment-decision
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Melanie Bergmann, Manuela Prieschl, Gerald Walser, Gerhard Luef, Gerhard Rumpold, Iris Unterberger
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to determine the effectiveness of electronic patient-reported outcomes (ePROs) with focus on epilepsy-specific quality of life, psychiatric and psychosocial burden, drug side effects, and patient satisfaction via the Computer-based Health Evaluation System (CHES) and to evaluate their impact on treatment regimen. METHODS: Forty consecutive patients with drug-resistant focal epilepsy undergoing prolonged video-electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring at the Department of Neurology, Innsbruck Medical University were included and randomized to an intervention group (questionnaire results accessible to the physicians) and a control group (questionnaire results inaccessible to the physicians)...
April 30, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29721159/synapsin-i-and-synapsin-ii-regulate-neurogenesis-in-the-dentate-gyrus-of-adult-mice
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Raffaella Barbieri, Andrea Contestabile, Maria Grazia Ciardo, Nicola Forte, Antonella Marte, Pietro Baldelli, Fabio Benfenati, Franco Onofri
Adult neurogenesis is emerging as an important player in brain functions and homeostasis, while impaired or altered adult neurogenesis has been associated with a number of neuropsychiatric diseases, such as depression and epilepsy. Here we investigated the possibility that synapsins (Syns) I and II, beyond their known functions in developing and mature neurons, also play a role in adult neurogenesis. We performed a systematic evaluation of the distinct stages of neurogenesis in the hippocampal dentate gyrus of Syn I and Syn II knockout (KO) mice, before (2-months-old) and after (6-months-old) the appearance of the epileptic phenotype...
April 10, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29717699/self-management-education-for-adults-with-poorly-controlled-epilepsy-smile-uk-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Leone Ridsdale, Alison McKinlay, Gabriella Wojewodka, Emily J Robinson, Iris Mosweu, Sarah J Feehan, Adam J Noble, Myfanwy Morgan, Stephanie Jc Taylor, Paul McCrone, Sabine Landau, Mark Richardson, Gus Baker, Laura H Goldstein
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy is a common neurological condition resulting in recurrent seizures. Research evidence in long-term conditions suggests that patients benefit from self-management education and that this may improve quality of life (QoL). Epilepsy self-management education has yet to be tested in a UK setting. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Self-Management education for people with poorly controlled epILEpsy [SMILE (UK)]...
April 2018: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29709878/genetic-polymorphisms-of-the-5ht-receptors-are-not-related-with-depression-in-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-caused-by-hippocampal-sclerosis
#16
Silvia Vincentiis, Juliana Alcantara, Patricia Rzezak, Daniel S Kerr, Wagner F Gattaz, Helio van der Linden, Bernardo Dos Santos, Sebastiao E Melo-Souza, Francisco Arruda, Paulo Ragazzo, Tiffany Chaim-Avancini, Mauricio H Serpa, Fernando Fernandes, Ricardo A Moreno, Geraldo Busatto, Ruda Alessi, Renata Demarque, Kette D Valente
BACKGROUND: Temporal lobe epilepsy caused by hippocampal sclerosis (TLE-HS) is the most frequent form of drug-resistant epilepsy in adults. Mood disorders are the most frequent psychiatric comorbidities observed in these patients. Common pathophysiological mechanisms of epilepsy and psychiatric comorbidities include abnormalities in the serotonin pathway. The primary goal of this study was to determine the possible association between polymorphisms of genes encoding the serotonin receptors 5HT1A (rs6295), 5HT1B (rs6296), and 5HT2C (rs6318) and the presence of mood disorders in patients with TLE-HS...
April 27, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29709877/affective-and-behavioral-dysfunction-under-antiepileptic-drugs-in-epilepsy-development-of-a-new-drug-sensitive-screening-tool
#17
Lea Julia Mertens, Juri-Alexander Witt, Christoph Helmstaedter
OBJECTIVE: Behavioral problems and psychiatric symptoms are common in patients with epilepsy and have a multifactorial origin, including adverse effects of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). In order to develop a screening tool for behavioral AED effects, the aim of this study was to identify behavioral problems and symptoms particularly sensitive to AED drug load and the presence/absence of AEDs with known negative psychotropic profiles. METHODS: Four hundred ninety-four patients with epilepsy were evaluated who had been assessed with three self-report questionnaires on mood, personality, and behavior (Beck Depression Inventory, BDI; Neurological Disorders Depression Inventory for Epilepsy extended, NDDI-E; and Fragebogen zur Persönlichkeit bei zerebralen Erkrankungen, FPZ)...
April 27, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29705048/erk-activation-is-required-for-the-antiepileptogenic-effect-of-low-frequency-electrical-stimulation-in-kindled-rats
#18
Parastoo Mardani, Shahrbanoo Oryan, Abdolrahman Sarihi, Alireza Komaki, Amir Shojaei, Samaneh Dehghan, Javad Mirnajafi-Zadeh
INTRODUCTION: The signaling pathways involved in the antiepileptogenic effect of low frequency electrical stimulation (LFS) have not been fully understood. In the present study the role of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) signaling cascade was investigated in mediating the inhibitory effects of LFS on kindled seizures. METHODS: Animals received kindling stimulations for seven days (the mean number of stimulation days for achieving stage 5 seizure) according to semi-rapid perforant path kindling protocol (12 stimulations per day at 10 min intervals)...
April 26, 2018: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29692969/emotional-stimuli-provoked-seizures-potentially-misdiagnosed-as-psychogenic-non-epileptic-attacks-a-case-of-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-with-amygdala-enlargement
#19
Hidetaka Tamune, Go Taniguchi, Susumu Morita, Yousuke Kumakura, Shinsuke Kondo, Kiyoto Kasai
The association between emotional stimuli and temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) is largely unknown. Here, we report the case of a depressed, 50-year-old female complaining of episodes of a "spaced out" experience precipitated by emotional stimuli. Psychogenic non-epileptic attacks were suspected. However, video-EEG coupled with emotional stimuli-provoked procedures and MRI findings of amygdala enlargement, led to the diagnosis of left TLE. Accurate diagnosis and explanation improved her subjective depression and seizure frequency...
2018: Epilepsy & Behavior Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684822/sexual-dysfunction-among-nigerian-women-with-epilepsy
#20
Luqman Ogunjimi, Joseph Yaria, Akintomiwa Makanjuola, Adesola Ogunniyi
OBJECTIVES: Sexual dysfunction (SD) has been shown to be more prevalent among females with epilepsy (FWE) when compared with controls. Identified risk factors for SD among FWE include depression, antiepileptic drug (AED) type, epileptic lateralization, and temporal lobe involvement. Despite a huge population of FWE in sub-Saharan Africa and by extension Nigeria, there are limited studies on the effect of AEDs and epilepsy on sexual function among FWE in the region. We therefore studied predictors and patterns of SD among Nigerian FWE...
April 20, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
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