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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821005/anticonvulsant-effect-of-cannabidiol-in-the-pentylenetetrazole-model-pharmacological-mechanisms-electroencephalographic-profile-and-brain-cytokine-levels
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Luciano R Vilela, Isabel V Lima, Érica B Kunsch, Hyorrana Priscila P Pinto, Aline S de Miranda, Érica Leandro M Vieira, Antônio Carlos P de Oliveira, Marcio Flávio D Moraes, Antônio L Teixeira, Fabricio A Moreira
Cannabidiol (CBD), the main nonpsychotomimetic compound from Cannabis sativa, inhibits experimental seizures in animal models and alleviates certain types of intractable epilepsies in patients. Its pharmacological profile, however, is still uncertain. Here we tested the hypothesis that CBD anticonvulsant mechanisms are prevented by cannabinoid (CB1 and CB2) and vanilloid (TRPV1) receptor blockers. We also investigated its effects on electroencephalographic (EEG) activity and hippocampal cytokines in the pentylenetetrazole (PTZ) model...
August 15, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820708/clinical-spectrum-etiology-and-outcome-of-neurological-disorders-in-the-rural-hospital-of-mosango-the-democratic-republic-of-congo
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Deby Mukendi, Jean-Roger Lilo Kalo, Alain Mpanya, Luigi Minikulu, Tharcisse Kayembe, Pascal Lutumba, Barbara Barbé, Philippe Gillet, Jan Jacobs, Harry Van Loen, Cedric P Yansouni, François Chappuis, Raffaella Ravinetto, Kristien Verdonck, Marleen Boelaert, Andrea S Winkler, Emmanuel Bottieau
There is little published information on the epidemiology of neurological disorders in rural Central Africa, although the burden is considered to be substantial. This study aimed to investigate the pattern, etiology, and outcome of neurological disorders in children > 5 years and adults admitted to the rural hospital of Mosango, province of Kwilu, Democratic Republic of Congo, with a focus on severe and treatable infections of the central nervous system (CNS). From September 2012 to January 2015, 351 consecutive patients hospitalized for recent and/or ongoing neurological disorder were prospectively evaluated by a neurologist, subjected to a set of reference diagnostic tests in blood or cerebrospinal fluid, and followed-up for 3-6 months after discharge...
August 14, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820457/role-of-cyp2c9-cyp2c19-and-ephx-polymorphism-in-the-pharmacokinetic-of-phenytoin-a-study-on-uruguayan-caucasian-subjects
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Natalia Guevara, Cecilia Maldonado, Manuel Uría, Raquel González, Manuel Ibarra, Silvana Alvariza, Antonella Carozzi, Carlos Azambuja, Pietro Fagiolino, Marta Vázquez
Phenytoin (PHT) oxidative route leads to its main metabolite p-hydroxyphenytoin (p-HPPH), by means of CYP2C9 and CYP2C19. Formation of p-HPPH proceeds via a reactive arene-oxide intermediate. This intermediate can also be converted into PHT dihydrodiol by microsomal epoxide hydrolase (EPHX). The three enzymes are polymorphically expressed and the genetic variants are responsible for changes in the enzyme activity. In order to evaluate the effect that these polymorphisms have on PHT metabolism, PHT and p-HPPH plasma concentrations were measured and the genotype for the three enzymes was assessed in 50 Uruguayan epileptic patients...
August 18, 2017: Pharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818811/brain-tumors-and-epileptic-spasms-natural-history-and-outcomes
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Viviana Benitez, Peter E Manley, Liliana C Goumnerova, Chellamani Harini, Nicole J Ullrich
While brain tumors are a frequent cause of seizures, they rarely cause epileptic spasms (ES). The objective of this study was to investigate features of tumor-associated ES. We conducted a retrospective review of patients with ES and a brain tumor. Demographics; pathologic, radiologic, and EEG data; treatment response; and long-term outcome were collected. Twenty four patients were identified; 11 met inclusion criteria. Epileptic spasm (ES) onset occurred prior to tumor diagnosis in seven patients (63%), and after tumor resection in 4 patients (36%)...
August 14, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818558/current-and-emerging-pharmacotherapies-for-obesity-in-australia
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Samantha Hocking, Anthony Dear, Michael A Cowley
BACKGROUND: Obesity is a major issue in Australia and globally. Many individuals struggle to maintain weight loss with lifestyle modification, and adjunctive pharmacotherapy may help. Historically, there have been limited pharmacotherapies for managing obesity. In addition, previous treatments such as phentermine-fenfluramine, rimonabant and sibutramine were withdrawn due to safety issues, resulting in lingering safety concerns. METHODS: This is a narrative review of published data examining four new pharmacotherapy options for weight management in Australia...
August 14, 2017: Obesity Research & Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818511/vitamin-d-enhances-antiepileptic-and-cognitive-effects-of-lamotrigine-in-pentylenetetrazole-kindled-rats
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Ali F Abdel-Wahab, Mohamed A Afify, Amal M Mahfouz, Naiyer Shahzad, Ghazi A Bamagous, Saeed S Al Ghamdi
Despite long use of antiepileptic drugs, it remains a challenge to achieve seizure control while reducing adverse effects and preventing cognitive impairment. Several lines of evidence suggest a role of vitamin D in epilepsy. So this study aimed to investigate the effect of vitamin D on epileptogenesis, cognitive dysfunction and antiepileptic activity of lamotrigine, in a rat model of chemical kindling. Rats were kindled by pentylenetetrazole injections every other day over four weeks, together with daily oral treatment by either vehicle, vitamin D, lamotrigine or combination of vitamin D and lamotrigine...
August 14, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817111/prospective-cohort-study-for-identification-of-underlying-genetic-causes-in-neonatal-encephalopathy-using-whole-exome-sequencing
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Theodora U J Bruun, Caro-Lyne DesRoches, Diane Wilson, Vann Chau, Tadashi Nakagawa, Masahiro Yamasaki, Shinya Hasegawa, Toshiyuki Fukao, Christian Marshall, Saadet Mercimek-Andrews
PurposeNeonatal encephalopathy, which is characterized by a decreased level of consciousness, occurs in 1-7/1,000 live-term births. In more than half of term newborns, there is no identifiable etiological factor. To identify underlying genetic defects, we applied whole-exome sequencing (WES) in term newborns with neonatal encephalopathy as a prospective cohort study.MethodsTerm newborns with neonatal encephalopathy and no history of perinatal asphyxia were included. WES was performed using patient and both parents' DNA...
August 17, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815953/epilepsy-in-fragile-x-syndrome-mimicking-panayiotopoulos-syndrome-description-of-three-patients
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Paolo Bonanni, Susanna Casellato, Franco Fabbro, Susanna Negrin
Fragile-X-syndrome is the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability. Epilepsy is reported to occur in 10-20% of individuals with Fragile-X-syndrome. A frequent seizure/electroencephalogram (EEG) pattern resembles that of benign rolandic epilepsy. We describe the clinical features, EEG findings and evolution in three patients affected by Fragile-X-syndrome and epilepsy mimicking Panayiotopoulos syndrome. Age at seizure onset was between 4 and about 7 years. Seizures pattern comprised a constellation of autonomic symptoms with unilateral deviation of the eyes and ictal syncope...
August 16, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815871/clinical-and-molecular-characterization-of-de-novo-loss-of-function-variants-in-hnrnpu
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Magalie S Leduc, Hsiao-Tuan Chao, Chunjing Qu, Magdalena Walkiewicz, Rui Xiao, Pilar Magoulas, Shujuan Pan, Joke Beuten, Weimin He, Jonathan A Bernstein, Christian P Schaaf, Fernando Scaglia, Christine M Eng, Yaping Yang
DNA alterations in the 1q43-q44 region are associated with syndromic neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by global developmental delay, intellectual disability, dysmorphic features, microcephaly, seizures, and agenesis of the corpus callosum. HNRNPU is located within the 1q43-q44 region and mutations in the gene have been reported in patients with early infantile epileptic encephalopathy. Here, we report on the clinical presentation of four patients with de novo heterozygous HNRNPU loss-of-function mutations detected by clinical whole exome sequencing: c...
August 16, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815754/pharmacokinetic-interactions-and-dosing-rationale-for-antiepileptic-drugs-in-adults-and-children
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S C van Dijkman, W M Rauwé, M Danhof, O Della Pasqua
AIM: Population pharmacokinetic modelling has been widely used across many therapeutic areas to identify sources of variability, which are incorporated into models as covariate factors. Despite numerous publications on pharmacokinetic (PK) drug-drug interactions (DDIs) between antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), such data are not used to support the dose rationale for polytherapy in the treatment of epileptic seizures. Here we assess the impact of DDIs on plasma concentrations and evaluate the need for AED dose adjustment...
August 16, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815576/microrna-and-mesial-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-with-hippocampal-sclerosis-whole-mirnome-profiling-of-human-hippocampus
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Petra Bencurova, Jiri Baloun, Katerina Musilova, Lenka Radova, Boris Tichy, Martin Pail, Martin Zeman, Eva Brichtova, Marketa Hermanova, Sarka Pospisilova, Marek Mraz, Milan Brazdil
OBJECTIVE: Mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (mTLE) is a severe neurological disorder characterized by recurrent seizures. mTLE is frequently accompanied by neurodegeneration in the hippocampus resulting in hippocampal sclerosis (HS), the most common morphological correlate of drug resistance in mTLE patients. Incomplete knowledge of pathological changes in mTLE+HS complicates its therapy. The pathological mechanism underlying mTLE+HS may involve abnormal gene expression regulation, including posttranscriptional networks involving microRNAs (miRNAs)...
August 16, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815309/elimination-of-medically-intractable-epileptic-drop-attacks-following-endoscopic-total-corpus-callosotomy-in-rett-syndrome
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Keisuke Ueda, Sandeep Sood, Eishi Asano, Ajay Kumar, Aimee F Luat
INTRODUCTION: Rett syndrome is a neurodevelopmental genetic disorder, characterized by developmental delay, hand stereotypies, abnormal gait, and acquired microcephaly. Epilepsy is very common in Rett syndrome and can be medically intractable. It remains uncertain if a patient with epileptic drop attacks associated with this genetic disease can benefit from corpus callosotomy. CASE REPORT: We report an 8-year-old girl with Rett syndrome and medically intractable epileptic drop attacks who underwent endoscopic total corpus callosotomy without any complications that led to the successful elimination of her seizures...
August 16, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815192/epileptic-negative-myoclonus-as-the-first-and-only-symptom-in-a-challenging-diagnosis-of-benign-epilepsy-with-centrotemporal-spikes
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Jing Chen, Guo Zheng, Hu Guo, Xiaopeng Lu, Chunfeng Wu, Xiaoyu Wang, Wei Tao
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical and neurophysiological characteristics of epileptic negative myoclonus as the first and only ictal symptom of benign epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes. METHODS: Electrophysiological evaluations included polygraphic recordings with simultaneous video electroencephalogram monitoring and tests performed with patient's upper limb outstretched in standing posture. Epileptic negative myoclonus manifestations, electrophysiological features, and responses to antiepileptic drugs were analyzed...
January 2017: Child neurology open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814092/flow-cytometric-examination-of-apoptotic-effect-on-brain-tissue-in-postnatal-period-created-by-intrauterine-oxcarbazepine-and-gabapentin-exposure
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Z Erisgin, Y Tekelioglu
OBJECTIVE: For epileptics, pregnancy contains the balance between no seizure period and antiepileptic use having the least teratogenicity risk. The purpose is to analyse with flow cytometry the apoptotic effects on postnatal brain tissue caused by prenatal use of second generation antiepileptics oxcarbazepine (OXC) and gabapentin (GBP) having different effect mechanisms. METHOD: 30 (n = 5 each group) Wistar albino male rats (45-days-old) are used. First 3 groups are exposed to OXC (100 mg/kg/day), GBP (50 mg/kg/day), and saline, respectively on the 1st-5th prenatal days (preimplantation-implantation period) while the second 3 groups are exposed to the same substances on the 6th-15th prenatal days (organogenesis), respectively...
2017: Bratislavské Lekárske Listy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811195/epileptic-interictal-discharges-are-more-frequent-during-nrem-slow-wave-downstates
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Péter Przemyslaw Ujma, Péter Halász, Anna Kelemen, Dániel Fabó, Loránd Erőss
Epileptiform activity in various but not all epilepsy and recording types and cerebral areas is more frequent in NREM sleep, and especially during sleep periods with high-amplitude EEG slow waves. Slow waves synchronize high-frequency oscillations: physiological activity from the theta through the gamma band usually appears during scalp-positive upstates while epileptiform activity occurs at transitory phases and the scalp-negative downstate. It has been proposed that interictal discharges (IIDs) are facilitated by the high degree of neuronal firing synchrony during slow wave transitory and downstates...
August 12, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810185/outcome-of-treatment-changes-in-patients-with-drug-resistant-chronic-epilepsy-a-tertiary-center-experience
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E Martínez-Lizana, F Gil-Lopez, A Donaire, J Aparicio, A Brandt, M Carreño
BACKGROUND: Previous studies suggest that changing patients' anti-epileptic drug regimen can reduce the frequency of seizures. The approval of new anti-epileptic drugs with different modes of action during the last decades has provided multiple options for the treatment of epilepsy, although the efficacy of these new drugs is controversial. We aimed to determine the effects of adding or changing to a previously untried anti-epileptic drug, including recently approved drugs, on the frequency of seizures in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy...
July 29, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809921/first-choice-of-treatment-place-in-the-pathways-to-epileptic-care-at-the-outpatient-department-of-university-of-gondar-hospital-northwest-ethiopia-cross-sectional-institutional-based-study
#17
Berhanu Boru Bifftu, Berihun Assefa Dachew, Bewket Tadesse Tiruneh, Wondale Getinet Alemu
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy treatment gap range from 87% to 98%. In spite of this, there is a gross inadequacy of the availability, accessibility and affordability of Anti-Epileptic Drugs. In countries like Ethiopia, where most populations are less aware about mental health problems, most people seek help for their illness from traditional healers. Thus, the main purpose of this study was to assess the pathways to epilepsy care and associated factors. METHODS: Cross-sectional study design utilized among 409 participants selected by systematic random sampling technique...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808801/post-operative-seizures-after-burr-hole-evacuation-of-chronic-subdural-hematomas-is-prophylactic-anti-epileptic-medication-needed
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Gabriel Flores, Juan C Vicenty, Emil A Pastrana
INTRODUCTION: There are limited data with regards to the associated risk of post-operative seizures in patients with surgically treated chronic subdural hematomas (CSDHs). The use of anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) is associated with significant side effects. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed on patients operated via burr hole for CSDH in our institution from 2004 to 2013. Post-operative seizures at 1-year follow-up were identified. Demographic data, medical history, and imaging characteristics were recorded...
August 15, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808783/post-stroke-seizures-are-clinically-underestimated
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Carla Bentes, Hugo Martins, Ana Rita Peralta, Carlos Casimiro, Carlos Morgado, Ana Catarina Franco, Ana Catarina Fonseca, Ruth Geraldes, Patrícia Canhão, Teresa Pinho E Melo, Teresa Paiva, José M Ferro
Cerebrovascular disease is the leading cause of epilepsy in adults, although post-stroke seizures reported frequency is variable and few studies used EEG in their identification. To describe and compare EEG and clinical epileptic manifestations frequency in patients with an anterior circulation ischaemic stroke. Prospective study of acute anterior circulation ischaemic stroke patients, consecutively admitted to a Stroke Unit over 24 months and followed-up for 1 year. All patients underwent standardized clinical and diagnostic assessment...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808618/neuroimaging-studies-in-patients-with-psychogenic-non-epileptic-seizures-a-systematic-meta-review
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REVIEW
Marco Mcsweeney, Markus Reuber, Liat Levita
Psychogenic Non-epileptic Seizures (PNES) are 'medically unexplained' seizure-like episodes which superficially resemble epileptic seizures but which are not caused by epileptiform discharges in the brain. While many experts see PNES disorder as a multifactorial biopsychosocial condition, little is known about the neurobiological processes which may predispose, precipitate and/or perpetuate PNES symptomology. This systematic meta-review advances our knowledge and understanding of the neurobiological correlates of PNES by providing an up-to-date assessment of neuroimaging studies performed on individuals with PNES...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
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