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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527083/shared-mechanisms-of-epilepsy-migraine-and-affective-disorders
#1
Davide Zarcone, Simona Corbetta
Since the nineteenth century several clinical features have been observed in common between migraine and epilepsy (such as episodic attacks, triggering factors, presence of aura, frequent familiarity), but only in recent years researchers have really engaged in finding a common pathogenic mechanism. From studies of disease incidence, we understand how either migraine among patients with epilepsy or epilepsy among migraine patients are more frequent than in the general population. This association may result from a direct causality, by the same environmental risk factors and/or by a common genetic susceptibility...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522348/the-impact-of-genetic-and-experimental-studies-on-classification-and-therapy-of-the-epilepsies
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REVIEW
Giuliano Avanzini, Massimo Mantegazza, Benedetta Terragni, Laura Canafoglia, Paolo Scalmani, Silvana Franceschetti
Different types of epilepsy are associated with gene mutations, in which seizures can be the only symptom (genetic epilepsies) or be one of the elements of complex clinical pictures that are often progressive over time (epileptic or epileptogenic encephalopathies). In epileptogenic encephalopathies, epileptic seizures and other neurological and cognitive signs are symptoms of genetically determined neuropathological or neurochemical disorders. In epileptic encephalopathies, epileptic activity itself is thought to contribute to severe cognitive and behavioral impairments above and beyond what might be expected from the underlying pathology alone...
May 15, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521703/recent-advances-in-antiepileptic-herbal-medicine
#3
Stephen M Manchishi
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders worldwide, with about 80 percent of cases thought to be in developing nations where it is mostly linked to superstition. Most cases of epilepsy are idiopathic, though brain injury, brain tumor, severe systemic infection and genetic mutations have been implicated in some cases. Anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) currently in existence are not sufficient to contain the disorder. This is not only because of their limited availability and cost, but also their adverse side effects...
May 18, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495218/effects-of-hippocampal-low-frequency-stimulation-in-idiopathic-non-human-primate-epilepsy-assessed-via-a-remote-sensing-enabled-neurostimulator
#4
Thomas A Wozny, Witold J Lipski, Ahmad Alhourani, Efstathios D Kondylis, Arun Antony, R Mark Richardson
Individuals with pharmacoresistant epilepsy remain a large and under-treated patient population. Continued technologic advancements in implantable neurostimulators have spurred considerable research efforts directed towards the development of novel antiepileptic stimulation therapies. However, the lack of adequate preclinical experimental platforms has precluded a detailed understanding of the differential effects of stimulation parameters on neuronal activity within seizure networks. In order to chronically monitor seizures and the effects of stimulation in a freely-behaving non-human primate with idiopathic epilepsy, we employed a novel simultaneous video-intracranial EEG recording platform using a state-of-the-art sensing-enabled, rechargeable clinical neurostimulator with real-time seizure detection and wireless data streaming capabilities...
May 7, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491031/control-of-absence-seizures-by-the-thalamic-feed-forward-inhibition
#5
Mingming Chen, Daqing Guo, Yang Xia, Dezhong Yao
As a subtype of idiopathic generalized epilepsies, absence epilepsy is believed to be caused by pathological interactions within the corticothalamic (CT) system. Using a biophysical mean-field model of the CT system, we demonstrate here that the feed-forward inhibition (FFI) in thalamus, i.e., the pathway from the cerebral cortex (Ctx) to the thalamic reticular nucleus (TRN) and then to the specific relay nuclei (SRN) of thalamus that are also directly driven by the Ctx, may participate in controlling absence seizures...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486925/the-mutual-interaction-between-sleep-and-epilepsy-on-the-neurobiological-basis-and-therapy
#6
Yi-Qun Wang, Meng-Qi Zhang, Rui Li, Wei-Min Qu, Zhi-Li Huang
Sleep and epilepsy are mutually related in a complex, bidirectional manner. However, our understanding of this relationship remains unclear. In this paper, we address the issues involved in these phenomena and also discuss the various therapies used to modify them. The literatures of the neurobiological basis of the interactions between sleep and epilepsy indicate that non-rapid eye movement sleep and idiopathic generalized epilepsy share the same thalamocortical networks. Neuromodulators-such as adenosine, melatonin, prostaglandin D2, serotonin, and histamine-promote wakefulness and are considered to have antiepilepsy effects; antiepileptic drugs, in turn, also have effects on sleep...
May 8, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481729/anticonvulsant-drugs-for-generalized-tonic-clonic-epilepsy
#7
Giangennaro Coppola, Alessandra Piccorossi, Francesca Felicia Operto, Alberto Verrotti
Primary generalized tonic clonic seizures (pGTCS) are still linked to major concerns for the clinic and hazards for patients suffering from idiopathic generalized epilepsy (IGE), so a quick search of the most effective and appropriate therapy is needed to control them. The key criteria for proper treatment are syndromic diagnosis and distinction between newly diagnosed and refractory patients. Other criteria include age, gender and comorbidities. Areas covered: Treatment for pGTCS has expanded in the last two years, with new antiepileptic drugs like perampanel joining valproic acid, lamotrigine, levetiracetam, topiramate, while further evidence-based data are required for zonisamide and lacosamide...
May 8, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480518/postmarketing-experience-with-brivaracetam-in-the-treatment-of-epilepsies-a-multicenter-cohort-study-from-germany
#8
Isabel Steinig, Felix von Podewils, Gabriel Möddel, Sebastian Bauer, Karl Martin Klein, Esther Paule, Philipp S Reif, Laurent M Willems, Johann Philipp Zöllner, Rhina Kunz, Uwe Runge, Gerhard Kurlemann, Susanne Schubert-Bast, Felix Rosenow, Adam Strzelczyk
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate factors predicting efficacy, retention, and tolerability of add-on brivaracetam (BRV) in clinical practice. METHODS: A multicenter, retrospective cohort study recruiting all patients who started BRV between February and November 2016 with observation time between 3 and 12 months. RESULTS: Of a total of 262 patients (mean age 40, range 5-81 years, 129 male) treated with BRV, 227 (87%) were diagnosed to have focal, 19 (7%) idiopathic generalized and 8 (3%) symptomatic generalized epilepsy, whereas 8 (3%) were unclassified...
May 8, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475999/prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-seizure-clusters-in-adult-patients-with-epilepsy
#9
Baibing Chen, Hyunmi Choi, Lawrence J Hirsch, Austen Katz, Alexander Legge, Rebecca A Wong, Alfred Jiang, Kenneth Kato, Richard Buchsbaum, Kamil Detyniecki
PURPOSE: In the current study, we explored the prevalence of physician-confirmed seizure clusters. We also investigated potential clinical factors associated with the occurrence of seizure clusters overall and by epilepsy type. METHODS: We reviewed medical records of 4116 adult (≥16years old) outpatients with epilepsy at our centers for documentation of seizure clusters. Variables including patient demographics, epilepsy details, medical and psychiatric history, AED history, and epilepsy risk factors were then tested against history of seizure clusters...
April 27, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469493/beyond-the-electrocardiogram-mutations-in-cardiac-ion-channel-genes-underlie-nonarrhythmic-phenotypes
#10
REVIEW
Thomas M Roston, Taylor Cunningham, Anna Lehman, Zachary W Laksman, Andrew D Krahn, Shubhayan Sanatani
Cardiac ion channelopathies are an important cause of sudden death in the young and include long QT syndrome, Brugada syndrome, catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia, idiopathic ventricular fibrillation, and short QT syndrome. Genes that encode ion channels have been implicated in all of these conditions, leading to the widespread implementation of genetic testing for suspected channelopathies. Over the past half-century, researchers have also identified systemic pathologies that extend beyond the arrhythmic phenotype in patients with ion channel gene mutations, including deafness, epilepsy, cardiomyopathy, periodic paralysis, and congenital heart disease...
2017: Clinical Medicine Insights. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463934/occipito-frontal-sharp-waves-an-under-recognized-electroencephalogram-pattern-in-self-limited-idiopathic-childhood-focal-epilepsy
#11
Elaine Wyllie, Ahsan N V Moosa
We report four children who highlight the potentially under-recognized electroencephalogram pattern of bilaterally synchronous occipito-frontal sharp waves, which may occur in children with Panayiotopoulos type self-limited childhood epilepsy but may be easily confused with the patterns of symptomatic generalized epilepsy. Our patients were young, healthy children who had infrequent, predominantly nocturnal, fairly prolonged seizures characterized by altered consciousness, vomiting, and autonomic features, or in one case nocturnal secondary generalized tonic-clonic convulsion...
May 2017: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445615/status-epilepticus-in-dogs-and-cats-part-1-etiopathogenesis-epidemiology-and-diagnosis
#12
Susan Blades Golubovic, John H Rossmeisl
OBJECTIVE: To review current knowledge of the etiopathogenesis, diagnosis, and consequences of status epilepticus (SE) in veterinary patients. DATA SOURCES: Human and veterinary literature, including clinical and laboratory research and reviews. ETIOPATHOGENESIS: Status epilepticus is a common emergency in dogs and cats, and may be the first manifestation of a seizure disorder. It results from the failure of termination of an isolated seizure...
May 2017: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410675/the-relationship-between-epileptiform-discharges-and-background-activity-in-the-visual-analysis-of-electroencephalographic-examinations-in-dogs-with-seizures-of-different-etiologies
#13
M Wrzosek, J R Ives, M Karczewski, E Dziadkowiak, E Gruszka
Electroencephalographic (EEG) recordings in 125 outpatient dogs with various epileptiform encephalopathies were acquired under medetomidine sedation using subdermal wire electrodes. The features of canine EEG (background activity [BGA] and epileptiform discharges [EDs]) were assessed, described and compared. The dogs included neurologically healthy controls (N, n = 19), dogs with portosystemic shunt (PSS, n = 9), dogs with intracranial pathologies (IP, n = 27) and dogs with idiopathic epilepsy (IE, n = 70)...
April 2017: Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391043/the-effect-of-vpa-on-bone-from-clinical-studies-to-cell-cultures-the-molecular-mechanisms-revisited
#14
REVIEW
Dimitris A Pitetzis, Martha G Spilioti, John G Yovos, Maria P Yavropoulou
PURPOSE: Valproic acid (VPA) is a broad-spectrum antiepileptic drug, which is widely used as a first line treatment for idiopathic and symptomatic generalized epilepsy, as well as in non-epileptic psychiatric disorders in adult and pediatric patients. Although valproic acid is considered to be a generally well-tolerated drug, numerous studies have shown an increased bone loss and fracture risk in patients treated with VPA. The purpose of this review is to outline recent findings on VPA molecular mechanisms and their action on bone metabolism...
March 22, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388948/investigating-the-potential-of-the-anti-epileptic-drug-imepitoin-as-a-treatment-for-co-morbid-anxiety-in-dogs-with-idiopathic-epilepsy
#15
Rowena M A Packer, Luisa De Risio, Holger A Volk
BACKGROUND: Behavioural changes associated with idiopathic epilepsy (IE) have been identified in dogs, with fear and anxiety-related problems seen in both drug-naïve dogs and dogs treated with anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs). Treating anxiety-related behaviour in dogs with IE may be challenging, as seizures are a contraindication for many conventional anxiolytic drugs. In addition, many dogs with IE are already treated with AEDs to reduce their seizure frequency, which may have negative effects if used in polytherapy...
April 7, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373803/evaluation-of-glutamic-acid-decarboxylase-antibody-levels-in-patients-with-juvenile-myoclonic-epilepsy-and-mesial-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-with-hippocampal-sclerosis
#16
Ayten Ceyhan Dirican, Sevilay Elibirlik, Ayhan Köksal, Musa Öztürk, Yavuz Altunkaynak, Sevim Baybaş, Ahmet Dirican
INTRODUCTION: Several clinical studies have been conducted to investigate the role of autoantibodies and immunological mechanisms in the etiology of treatment-resistant epilepsy in recent years. Some immunological treatments have been suggested as a result of these studies. In this study, we aimed to investigate the role of autoimmunity in partial and idiopathic generalized epilepsy and determine the relationship between drug resistance and autoimmune antibodies. METHODS: Twenty-eight patients (24 treatment-responsive and 4 treatment-resistant) with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME), 26 patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy with hippocampal sclerosis (MTLEHS) resistant to antiepileptic drug treatment, and 26 age-matched healthy control subjects were included in a two-year cross sectional study...
September 2016: Noro Psikiyatri Arsivi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357072/analysis-of-plasma-free-amino-acid-profiles-in-canine-brain-tumors
#17
Shinichi Utsugi, Kazuo Azuma, Tomohiro Osaki, Yusuke Murahata, Takeshi Tsuka, Norihiko Ito, Tomohiro Imagawa, Yoshiharu Okamoto
Canine brain tumors are best diagnosed using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). However, opportunities of MRI examination are restricted due to its limited availability in veterinary facilities; thus, numerous canine brain tumors are diagnosed at an advanced stage. Therefore, development of a noninvasive diagnostic biomarker is required for the early detection of brain tumors. In the present study, plasma free amino acid (PFAA) profiles between dogs with and without brain tumors were compared. A total of 12 dogs with brain tumors, diagnosed based on clinical signs, and on the results of intracranial MRI and/or pathological examination were evaluated...
February 2017: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351825/control-groups-in-paediatric-epilepsy-research-do-first-degree-cousins-show-familial-effects
#18
Melissa Hanson, Blaise Morrison, Jana E Jones, Daren C Jackson, Dace Almane, Michael Seidenberg, Qianqian Zhao, Paul J Rathouz, Bruce P Hermann
To determine whether first-degree cousins of children with idiopathic focal and genetic generalized epilepsies show any association across measures of cognition, behaviour, and brain structure. The presence/absence of associations addresses the question of whether and to what extent first-degree cousins may serve as unbiased controls in research addressing the cognitive, psychiatric, and neuroimaging features of paediatric epilepsies. Participants were children (aged 8-18) with epilepsy who had at least one first-degree cousin control enrolled in the study (n=37) and all enrolled cousin controls (n=100)...
March 1, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351718/progress-in-unraveling-the-genetic-etiology-of-rolandic-epilepsy
#19
REVIEW
Weixi Xiong, Dong Zhou
Rolandic epilepsy (RE), or benign epilepsy of childhood with centrotemporal spikes (BECT), is the most frequent idiopathic partial epilepsy syndrome of childhood, where the "idiopathic" implies a genetic predisposition. Although RE has long been presumed to have a genetic component, clinical and genetic studies have shown a complex inheritance pattern. Furthermore, the underlying major genetic influence in RE has been challenged by recent reports of twin studies. Meanwhile, many genes or loci have been shown to be associated the RE/atypical RE (ARE) spectrum, with a higher frequency of causative variants in ARE...
April 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315500/relation-between-sexual-dysfunctions-and-epilepsy-type-of-epilepsy-type-of-antiepileptic-drugs-a-prospective-study
#20
Carlo Pavone, Ninfa Giacalone, Marco Vella, Lidia Urso, Leila Zummo, Brigida Fierro
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to evaluate the incidence of sexual dysfunctions in males with epilepsy, the type of epilepsy, the frequency of seizures, the type of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), the serum hormonal profile and the presence of psychiatric comorbidity. METHODS: Sixty-one patients focused on type of epilepsy, frequency of seizures, AEDs, hormonal profile and presence of mood disorders. We excluded all patients with severe neurologic and psychiatric impairment and patient who were not able to fill questionnaires...
March 18, 2017: Urologia
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