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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742222/disruption-of-the-atp-adenosine-balance-in-cd39-mice-is-associated-with-handling-induced-seizures
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Amanda J Lanser, Rafael M Rezende, Stephen Rubino, Paul J Lorello, Dustin J Donnelly, Huixin Xu, Lauren A Lau, Chris G Dulla, Barbara J Caldarone, Simon C Robson, Howard L Weiner
Seizures are due to excessive, synchronous neuronal firing in the brain and are characteristic of epilepsy, the fourth most prevalent neurologic disease. Herein, we report handling-induced and spontaneous seizures in mice deficient of CD39, a cell-surface ATPase highly expressed on microglial cells. CD39(-/-) mice with handling-induced seizures had normal input-output curves and paired-pulse ratio measured from hippocampal slices and lacked microgliosis, astrogliosis or overt cell loss in the hippocampus and cortex...
July 25, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742194/dynamic-regulation-effect-of-long-non-coding-rna-uca1-on-nf-kb-in-hippocampus-of-epilepsy-rats
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H-K Wang, H Yan, K Wang, J Wang
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to discuss the mechanism of occurrence and progression of epilepsy through analyzing the expression changes of UCA1 and NF-Kb in temporal hippocampus and UCA1 in peripheral blood in rats with epilepsy induced by lithium chloride-pilocarpine. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The lithium chloride-pilocarpine-induced epilepsy rat model was established; 1, 7, 14, 30, and 60 d after status epilepticus were selected as the time points of research. The expression levels of UCA1 and NF-kB in the hippocampus of rats and UCA1 in peripheral blood were detected and analyzed using quantitative Real-time PCR (qRT-PCR)...
July 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741690/health-care-resource-utilization-before-and-after-perampanel-initiation-among-patients-with-epilepsy-in-the-united-states
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Edward Faught, François Laliberté, Zhixiao Wang, Victoria Barghout, Batool Haider, Dominique Lejeune, Guillaume Germain, Jiyoon Choi, Aneesha Wagh, Mei Sheng Duh
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate changes in health care resource utilization following the initiation of perampanel for the treatment of epilepsy in the United States. METHODS: Health care claims from Symphony Health's Integrated Dataverse database between December 2012 and November 2015 were analyzed. Patients newly initiated on perampanel, having ≥1 epilepsy (International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification [ICD-9-CM] code 345...
July 25, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741673/eslicarbazepine-acetate-as-adjunctive-treatment-in-partial-onset-epilepsy
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S Lattanzi, C Cagnetti, N Foschi, A Lorusso, L Provinciali, M Silvestrini
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to assess the clinical response to eslicarbazepine acetate (ESL) as add-on therapy in adult patients with partial-onset epilepsy by means of the time-to-baseline seizure count method. METHODS: We retrospectively identified consecutive patients with partial-onset seizures, with or without secondary generalization, prescribed to ESL add-on therapy. The primary endpoint was the time-to-baseline monthly seizure count. Subgroup analysis was performed according to carbamazepine (CBZ)/oxcarbazepine (OXC) status (prior vs never use)...
July 25, 2017: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741150/eslicarbazepine-acetate-a-new-improvement-on-a-classic-drug-family-for-the-treatment-of-partial-onset-seizures
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REVIEW
Graciana L Galiana, Angela C Gauthier, Richard H Mattson
Eslicarbazepine acetate is a new anti-epileptic drug belonging to the dibenzazepine carboxamide family that is currently approved as adjunctive therapy and monotherapy for partial-onset (focal) seizures. The drug enhances slow inactivation of voltage-gated sodium channels and subsequently reduces the activity of rapidly firing neurons. Eslicarbazepine acetate has few, but some, drug-drug interactions. It is a weak enzyme inducer and it inhibits cytochrome P450 2C19, but it affects a smaller assortment of enzymes than carbamazepine...
July 24, 2017: Drugs in R&D
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741119/treatable-genetic-metabolic-epilepsies
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REVIEW
Lama Assi, Youssef Saklawi, Pascale E Karam, Makram Obeid
In the absence of a culprit epileptogenic lesion, pharmacoresistant seizures should prompt the physician to consider potentially treatable metabolic epilepsies, especially in the presence of developmental delays. Even though the anti-seizure treatment of the epilepsies remains symptomatic and usually tailored to an electroclinical phenotype rather than to an underlying etiology, a thorough metabolic workup might reveal a disease with an etiology-specific treatment. Early diagnosis is essential in the case of treatable metabolic epilepsies allowing timely intervention...
September 2017: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740620/use-and-cost-comparison-of-clobazam-to-other-antiepileptic-drugs-for-treatment-of-lennox-gastaut-syndrome
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Clément François, John M Stern, Augustina Ogbonnaya, Tasneem Lokhandwala, Pamela Landsman-Blumberg, Amy Duhig, Vivienne Shen, Robin Tan
Background: Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is a severe form of childhood-onset epilepsy associated with serious injuries due to frequent and severe seizures. Of the antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) approved for LGS, clobazam is a more recent market entrant, having been approved in October 2011. Recent AED budget impact and cost-effectiveness analyses for LGS suggest that adding clobazam to a health plan formulary may result in decreased medical costs; however, research on clinical and economic outcomes and treatment patterns with these AED treatments in LGS is limited...
2017: Journal of Market Access & Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739219/systematic-review-of-hardware-related-complications-of-deep-brain-stimulation-do-new-indications-pose-an-increased-risk
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Onanong Jitkritsadakul, Roongroj Bhidayasiri, Suneil K Kalia, Mojgan Hodaie, Andres M Lozano, Alfonso Fasano
INTRODUCTION: Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is an effective treatment extended broadly to many neurological and psychiatric disorders. Nevertheless, complications may arise during DBS procedures or following implantation due to implanted hardware. This may result in both minor and major adverse events that may necessitate hardware removal and/or compromise maximal therapeutic benefit for the patient. OBJECTIVES AND METHODS: To identify relevant literature on hardware-related complications from DBS procedures by performing a systematic review, and propose how to identify at-risk group and possible preventive approaches...
July 13, 2017: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738370/drug-level-monitoring-on-admission-for-presurgical-epilepsy-evaluation
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Irina Constantinescu, Christian M Korff, Serge Vulliemoz, Fabienne Picard, Margitta Seeck
OBJECTIVE: Evaluation for surgical treatment is offered to patients who do not respond to antiepileptic drugs. Pseudo-pharmacoresistance (PPR) has been described in the context of impaired compliance, incorrect diagnosis of epilepsy or pharmacological interference resulting in too low blood levels. We were interested to determine the frequency and causes of PPR in patients admitted for presurgical evaluation. METHODS: We reviewed 553 drug levels in 199 patients and analyzed the relative frequency of drugs below reference range (10 and 20% below the range)...
July 24, 2017: European Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737479/evaluation-of-brivaracetam-a-new-drug-to-treat-epilepsy
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Jasmina R Milovanović, Slobodan M Janković, Ana Pejčić, Miloš Milosavljević, Valentina Opančina, Vesela Radonjić, Zoran Protrka, Marina Kostić
High prevalence of therapy-resistant epilepsy demands development of anticonvulsants with new mechanisms of action. Brivaracetam is an analogue of levetiracetam which binds to the synaptic vesicle protein 2A (SV2A) and decreases release of excitatory neurotransmitters. Areas covered. Relevant published studies were searched for by predefined strategy in MEDLINE, EBSCO and SCINDEKS electronic databases. Brivaracetam is effective as adjunctive therapy for uncontrolled partial-onset seizures with or without secondary generalization in patients 16 years and older with epilepsy...
July 24, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734769/influence-of-epileptic-activity-during-sleep-on-cognitive-performance-in-benign-childhood-epilepsy-with-centrotemporal-spikes
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Andreea Nissenkorn, Adi Pappo, Yael Feldmann, Gali Heimer, Omer Bar-Yosef, Michal Tzadok, Orli Polack, Ayelet Bord, Miriam Levav, Bruria Ben-Zeev
BACKGROUND: Benign childhood epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes is benign childhood epilepsy, presenting between 4 and 10 years of age, characterized by typical clinical and EEG findings. Despite excellent prognosis, there are reports of mild cognitive, language, fine motor and behavioral difficulties. In its atypical form - electrical status epilepticus during slow wave sleep, continuous epileptiform activity during sleep lead to severe neurocognitive deterioration. Our objective was to investigate the influence of abundant sleep epileptiform activity, not fulfilling the criteria for electrical status epilepticus during Slow Wave Sleep, discovered randomly in children without overt intellectual impairment...
July 11, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734692/respiratory-arrest-at-the-onset-of-idiopathic-childhood-occipital-epilepsy-of-gastaut
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Keiko Funata, Tatsuhiko Shike, Toshiki Takenouchi, Yukio Yamashita, Takao Takahashi
Occipital lobe epilepsy of childhood includes two entities: Panayiotopoulos syndrome in pre-school children, and idiopathic childhood occipital epilepsy of Gastaut (ICOEG) in school-age children. The typical initial manifestation of the former is vomiting, and that of the latter is visual hallucinations. Ictal cardiopulmonary arrest at initial presentation has been reported for Panayiotopoulos syndrome, but not for ICOEG. We document a 7-year-old previously healthy girl who experienced an acute elemental visual hallucination of seeing insects, followed by a new-onset generalized seizure...
July 19, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734197/life-impact-of-caregiving-for-severe-childhood-epilepsy-results-of-expert-panels-and-caregiver-focus-groups
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Mark P Jensen, Kendra S Liljenquist, Fraser Bocell, Arnold R Gammaitoni, Carey R Aron, Bradley S Galer, Dagmar Amtmann
Severe epilepsy in children and young adults can significantly affect the lives of their caregivers. However, the lack of a reliable and valid measure of caregiver impact has limited our understanding of the scope and correlates of this impact, as well as our ability to measure the effects of treatments that could lessen it. The purpose of this study was to facilitate focus groups and interviews with an international group of clinician experts and caregivers to identify the most important domains that should be assessed in a measure of caregiver impact...
July 19, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734195/implementation-of-psychological-clinical-trials-in-epilepsy-review-and-guide
#14
REVIEW
Avani C Modi, Janelle Wagner, Aimee W Smith, Tanja S Kellermann, Rosa Michaelis
The International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) Neuropsychiatry commission and United States Institute of Medicine report both identified cognitive and psychological comorbidities as a significant issue for individuals with epilepsy, with rates as high as 60%. However, there is a paucity of evidence-based treatments for many psychological conditions (e.g., learning disorders, cognitive disorders, behavioral disorders). Because of inherent challenges in the implementation of psychological therapy trials and specific considerations for the population with epilepsy, the focus of the current review was to provide guidance and recommendations to conduct psychological trials for individuals with epilepsy...
July 19, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733972/expression-and-function-of-the-metabotropic-purinergic-p2y-receptor-family-in-experimental-seizure-models-and-patients-with-drug-refractory-epilepsy
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Mariana Alves, Rosa Gomez-Villafuertes, Norman Delanty, Michael A Farrell, Donncha F O'Brien, Maria Teresa Miras-Portugal, Miguel Diaz Hernandez, David C Henshall, Tobias Engel
OBJECTIVE: ATP is released into the extracellular space during pathologic processes including increased neuronal firing. Once released, ATP acts on P2 receptors including ionotropic P2X and metabotropic P2Y receptors, resulting in changes to glial function and neuronal network excitability. Evidence suggests an involvement of P2Y receptors in the pathogenesis of epilepsy, but there has been no systematic effort to characterize the expression and function of the P2Y receptor family during seizures and in experimental and human epilepsy...
July 21, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733343/profile-of-neonatal-epilepsies-characteristics-of-a-prospective-us-cohort
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Renée A Shellhaas, Courtney J Wusthoff, Tammy N Tsuchida, Hannah C Glass, Catherine J Chu, Shavonne L Massey, Janet S Soul, Natrujee Wiwattanadittakun, Nicholas S Abend, Maria Roberta Cilio
OBJECTIVE: Although individual neonatal epilepsy syndromes are rare, as a group they represent a sizable subgroup of neonatal seizure etiologies. We evaluated the profile of neonatal epilepsies in a prospective cohort of newborns with seizures. METHODS: Consecutive newborns with seizures were enrolled in the Neonatal Seizure Registry (an association of 7 US children's hospitals). Treatment and diagnostic testing were at the clinicians' discretion. Neonates with seizures related to epileptic encephalopathies (without structural brain abnormalities), brain malformations, or benign familial epilepsies were included in this analysis...
July 21, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733338/early-and-lethal-neurodegeneration-with-myasthenic-and-myopathic-features-a-new-alg14-cdg
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David C Schorling, Simone Rost, Dirk J Lefeber, Lauren Brady, Clemens R Müller, Rudolf Korinthenberg, Mark Tarnopolsky, Carsten G Bönnemann, Richard J Rodenburg, Marianna Bugiani, Maria Beytia, Marcus Krüger, Marjo van der Knaap, Jan Kirschner
OBJECTIVE: To describe the presentation and identify the cause of a new clinical phenotype, characterized by early severe neurodegeneration with myopathic and myasthenic features. METHODS: This case study of 5 patients from 3 families includes clinical phenotype, serial MRI, electrophysiologic testing, muscle biopsy, and full autopsy. Genetic workup included whole exome sequencing and segregation analysis of the likely causal mutation. RESULTS: All 5 patients showed severe muscular hypotonia, progressive cerebral atrophy, and therapy-refractory epilepsy...
July 21, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732255/can-head-trauma-trigger-adult-onset-rasmussen-s-encephalitis
#18
Derrick Soh, Dennis J Cordato, Andrew F Bleasel, Peter Brimage, Roy G Beran
Rasmussen's encephalitis (RE) is a rare unilateral inflammatory brain disorder that causes progressive neurocognitive deterioration and refractory epilepsy including epilepsia partialis continua (EPC). We describe a patient with a unique presentation, where right upper limb EPC due to RE began within 2weeks of a concussive left frontal head injury, in a 36-year-old female without other identifiable etiology, no prior neurological deficit nor suggestion of intracranial pathology or infection, and no preceding seizures...
July 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732254/going-down-the-tubes-impact-on-seizure-control-of-antiepileptic-medication-given-via-percutaneous-feeding-tubes
#19
REVIEW
Caryn Jory, Rohit Shankar, Katy Oak, Janina Oates, Mike Wilcock
BACKGROUND: Long-term feeding by percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube (PEG) is uncommon but can present significant issues when both nutrition and medication have to be fed down the same tube. This is especially important in people with epilepsy where the dose and bioavailability of antiepileptic drugs are critical to maintain adequate seizure control. This group with long-term PEG tubes is particularly vulnerable and dependent on their carers to provide high standard of care. Indeed, approximately half of the people with long-term feeding tubes suffer from severe intellectual disability which requires careful coordination of all members of the multidisciplinary team...
July 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732239/effects-of-antiepileptic-drugs-on-mitochondrial-functions-morphology-kinetics-biogenesis-and-survival
#20
REVIEW
Josef Finsterer, Fulvio A Scorza
OBJECTIVES: Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) exhibit adverse and beneficial effects on mitochondria, which have a strong impact on the treatment of patients with a mitochondrial disorder (MID) with epilepsy (mitochondrial epilepsy). This review aims at summarizing and discussing recent findings concerning the effect of AEDs on mitochondrial functions and the clinical consequences with regard to therapy of mitochondrial epilepsy and of MIDs in general. METHODS: Literature review...
July 13, 2017: Epilepsy Research
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