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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516033/the-impact-of-large-structural-brain-changes-in-chronic-stroke-patients-on-the-electric-field-caused-by-transcranial-brain-stimulation
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Sena Minjoli, Guilherme B Saturnino, Jakob Udby Blicher, Charlotte J Stagg, Hartwig R Siebner, André Antunes, Axel Thielscher
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS) are two types of non-invasive transcranial brain stimulation (TBS). They are useful tools for stroke research and may be potential adjunct therapies for functional recovery. However, stroke often causes large cerebral lesions, which are commonly accompanied by a secondary enlargement of the ventricles and atrophy. These structural alterations substantially change the conductivity distribution inside the head, which may have potentially important consequences for both brain stimulation methods...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506440/the-wistar-audiogenic-rat-war-strain-and-its-contributions-to-epileptology-and-related-comorbidities-history-and-perspectives
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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/28497610/epilepsia-partialis-continua-after-an-anterior-circulation-ischaemic-stroke
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C Bentes, A C Franco, A R Peralta, P Viana, H Martins, C Morgado, C Casimiro, C Fonseca, R Geraldes, P Canhão, T Pinho E Melo, T Paiva, J M Ferro
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Although cerebrovascular disorders are the main cause of epilepsia partialis continua (EPC) in adulthood, the frequency of EPC after stroke is unknown. The aim was to prospectively ascertain its frequency 1 year after an ischaemic stroke. METHODS: This was a prospective study of consecutive acute anterior circulation ischaemic stroke patients, previously independent, with an admission National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score ≥4, an acute ischaemic lesion on imaging and no previous epileptic seizures...
May 12, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490738/model-guided-control-of-hippocampal-discharges-by-local-direct-current-stimulation
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Faten Mina, Julien Modolo, Fanny Recher, Gabriel Dieuset, Arnaud Biraben, Pascal Benquet, Fabrice Wendling
Neurostimulation is an emerging treatment for drug-resistant epilepsies when surgery is contraindicated. Recent clinical results demonstrate significant seizure frequency reduction in epileptic patients, however the mechanisms underlying this therapeutic effect are largely unknown. This study aimed at gaining insights into local direct current stimulation (LDCS) effects on hyperexcitable tissue, by i) analyzing the impact of electrical currents locally applied on epileptogenic brain regions, and ii) characterizing currents achieving an "anti-epileptic" effect (excitability reduction)...
May 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485933/hplc-based-activity-profiling-for-gabaa-receptor-modulators-in-extracts-validation-of-an-approach-utilizing-a-larval-zebrafish-locomotor-assay
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Fahimeh Moradi-Afrapoli, Samad Nejad Ebrahimi, Martin Smiesko, Matthias Hamburger
Gamma-aminobutyric acid type A (GABAA) receptors are major inhibitory neurotransmitter receptors in the central nervous system and a target for numerous clinically important drugs used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and epilepsy. A series of allosteric GABAA receptor agonists was identified previously with the aid of HPLC-based activity profiling, whereby activity was tracked with an electrophysiological assay in Xenopus laevis oocytes. To accelerate the discovery process, an approach has been established for HPLC-based profiling using a larval zebrafish (Danio rerio) seizure model induced by pentylenetetrazol (PTZ), a pro-convulsant GABAA receptor antagonist...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462087/identification-of-brain-regions-predicting-epileptogenesis-by-serial-18-f-ge-180-positron-emission-tomography-imaging-of-neuroinflammation-in-a-rat-model-of-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Vera Russmann, Matthias Brendel, Erik Mille, Angela Helm-Vicidomini, Roswitha Beck, Lisa Günther, Simon Lindner, Axel Rominger, Michael Keck, Josephine D Salvamoser, Nathalie L Albert, Peter Bartenstein, Heidrun Potschka
Excessive activation of inflammatory signaling pathways seems to be a hallmark of epileptogenesis. Positron emission tomography (PET) allows in vivo detection of brain inflammation with spatial information and opportunities for longitudinal follow-up scanning protocols. Here, we assessed whether molecular imaging of the 18 kDa translocator protein (TSPO) can serve as a biomarker for the development of epilepsy. Therefore, brain uptake of [(18)F]GE-180, a highly selective radioligand of TSPO, was investigated in a longitudinal PET study in a chronic rat model of temporal lobe epilepsy...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460334/maximal-exhaustive-treadmill-test-features-in-patients-with-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-search-for-sudden-unexpected-death-biomarkers
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Guilherme L Fialho, Arthur G Pagani, Roger Walz, Peter Wolf, Katia Lin
Autonomic dysfunction may account for sudden unexpected death in patients with epilepsy (PWE). On the other hand, low cardiovascular fitness, which may affect autonomic function, is a risk factor for sudden death and all-cause mortality in the general population. Little is known about autonomic variables and cardiovascular response to exercise in PWE. We submitted thirty consecutive PWE with no known cardiovascular diseases to maximal treadmill test, comparing them with matched controls. All individuals were submitted to clinical assessment, 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) and echocardiogram to exclude cardiovascular disease...
April 24, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446244/ketogenic-diet-in-the-treatment-of-epilepsy-in-children-under-the-age-of-2-years-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Siobhan Titre-Johnson, Natasha Schoeler, Christin Eltze, Ruth Williams, Katharina Vezyroglou, Helen McCullagh, Nick Freemantle, Simon Heales, Rachel Kneen, Louise Marston, Tim Martland, Irwin Nazareth, Elizabeth Neal, Andrew Lux, Alasdair Parker, Shakti Agrawal, Penny Fallon, J Helen Cross
BACKGROUND: The incidence of epilepsy is greatest in the first 2 years of life, an age group where there is generally a poor prognosis for both seizure control and neurodevelopmental outcome. Early control of seizures can be associated with better developmental outcome but many of the epilepsies presenting in infancy are poorly responsive to antiepileptic medication. The ketogenic diet (KD) is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet designed to mimic the effects of starvation on the body. Dietary fat is converted into ketones in the body and used as an energy source by the brain...
April 26, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435493/prehospital-care-for-the-adult-and-pediatric-seizure-patient-current-evidence-based-recommendations
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Eric C Silverman, Karl A Sporer, Justin M Lemieux, John F Brown, Kristi L Koenig, Marianne Gausche-Hill, Eric M Rudnick, Angelo A Salvucci, Greg H Gilbert
INTRODUCTION: We sought to develop evidence-based recommendations for the prehospital evaluation and treatment of adult and pediatric patients with a seizure and to compare these recommendations against the current protocol used by the 33 emergency medical services (EMS) agencies in California. METHODS: We performed a review of the evidence in the prehospital treatment of patients with a seizure, and then compared the seizure protocols of each of the 33 EMS agencies for consistency with these recommendations...
April 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431589/t2-relaxometry-helps-prognosticate-seizure-outcome-in-patients-with-solitary-cerebral-cysticercosis
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Aaron de Souza, Atchayaram Nalini, Jitender Saini, Kandavel Thennarasu
OBJECTIVE: Correlate serial T2 relaxometry (T2R) values with long term seizure outcome in patients with solitary cerebral cysticercosis (SCC) in order to establish its usefulness as a prognostic marker in these patients. METHODS: Patients with new-onset seizures due to SCC were imaged serially using a pre-determined MRI protocol at enrolment and after 3, 6, 12 and 24months. T2 relaxometry was performed using a dual echo sequence with maps generated manually from the measured image intensities at the level of the lesion...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431383/protocolized-hyperventilation-enhances-electroconvulsive-therapy
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Aida de Arriba-Arnau, Antonia Dalmau, Virginia Soria, Neus Salvat-Pujol, Carmina Ribes, Ana Sánchez-Allueva, José Manuel Menchón, Mikel Urretavizcaya
BACKGROUND: Hyperventilation is recommended in electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to enhance seizures and to increase patients' safety. However, more evidence is needed regarding its effects and the optimum method of application. METHODS: This prospective study involving 21 subjects compared two procedures, protocolized hyperventilation (PHV) and hyperventilation as usual (HVau), applied to the same patient in two consecutive sessions. Transcutaneous partial pressure of carbon dioxide (TcPCO2) was measured throughout all sessions...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431366/efficacy-and-safety-of-a-video-eeg-protocol-for-genetic-generalized-epilepsies
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Luciana Rodrigues De Marchi, Jeana Torres Corso, Ana Carolina Zetehaku, Carina Gonçalves Pedroso Uchida, Mirian Salvadori Bittar Guaranha, Elza Márcia Targas Yacubian
INTRODUCTION: Video-EEG has been used to characterize genetic generalized epilepsies (GGE). For best performance, sleep recording, photic stimulation, hyperventilation, and neuropsychological protocols are added to the monitoring. However, risks and benefits of these video-EEG protocols are not well established. The aim of this study was to analyze the efficacy and safety of a video-EEG neuropsychological protocol (VNPP) tailored for GGE and compare its value with that of routine EEG (R-EEG)...
April 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417028/general-anaesthesia-protocols-for-patients-undergoing-electroconvulsive-therapy-retrospective-analysis-of-504-sessions-over-a-five-year-period-at-a-tertiary-care-hospital-in-oman
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Aravind Narayanan, Chandar Lal, Hamed Al-Sinawi
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to review general anaesthesia protocols for patients undergoing electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) at a tertiary care hospital in Oman, particularly with regards to clinical profile, potential drug interactions and patient outcomes. METHODS: This retrospective study took place at the Sultan Qaboos University Hospital (SQUH), Muscat, Oman. The electronic medical records of patients undergoing ECT at SQUH between January 2010 and December 2014 were reviewed for demographic characteristics and therapy details...
February 2017: Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412316/differentiating-stroke-and-seizure-in-acute-setting-perfusion-computed-tomography
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Katarzyna Kubiak-Balcerewicz, Urszula Fiszer, Ewa Nagańska, Cezary Siemianowski, Aleksander Sobieszek, Agnieszka Witak-Grzybowska, Aldona Kosińska-Szot
BACKGROUND: Perfusion computed tomography (PCT) is part of acute stroke protocol in many hospitals; however, its clinical utility is still being disputed. Beyond its use in core and penumbra estimation, there is also a question about PCT role in stroke mimics diagnosis. Case series or small, retrospective studies showed equivocal results. This is the first published prospective, comparative study on PCT in differentiating stroke and seizure in acute setting. METHODS: Patients with acute focal neurologic deficits and without acute ischemic lesions on routine CT underwent PCT and electroencephalography (EEG) within 12 hours after symptom onset...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410462/health-service-provision-for-people-with-epilepsy-in-sub-saharan-africa-a-situational-review
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Musa M Watila, Mark R Keezer, Samuel A Angwafor, Andrea S Winkler, Josemir W Sander
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy is a public health issue in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) where many people with the condition receive no treatment. Health-care services for epilepsy in this region have not been comprehensively assessed. We examined key features of epilepsy health services provided in SSA. METHODOLOGY: This was a scoping review conducted using pre-specified protocols. We implemented an electronic search strategy to identify relevant citations using PUBMED, EMBASE, Web of Science, Scopus, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), African Index Medicus (AIM), Open Grey, Cochrane database, and Google Scholar...
May 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405182/a-standardized-protocol-for-stereotaxic-intrahippocampal-administration-of-kainic-acid-combined-with-electroencephalographic-seizure-monitoring-in-mice
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Pascal Bielefeld, Amanda Sierra, Juan M Encinas, Mirjana Maletic-Savatic, Anne Anderson, Carlos P Fitzsimons
Lack of scientific reproducibility is a growing concern and weak experimental practices may contribute to irreproducibility. Here, we describe an optimized and versatile protocol for stereotaxic intrahippocampal administration of Kainic Acid (KA) in mice with a C57Bl6 background. In this protocol, KA administration is combined with in vivo recording of neuronal activity with wired and wireless setups. Following our protocol, KA administration results in a robust dose-dependent induction of low-level epileptiform activity or Status Epilepticus (SE) and induces previously characterized hallmarks of seizure-associated pathology...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397942/flash-glucose-monitoring-system-may-benefit-children-and-adolescents-with-type-1-diabetes-during-fasting-at-ramadan
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Abdulmoein E Al-Agha, Shahd E Kafi, Abdullah M Zain Aldeen, Raghdah H Khadwardi
To assess the benefit of using the flash glucose monitoring system (FGMS) in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) during Ramadan fasting. Methods: A prospective pilot study of 51 participants visited the pediatric diabetes clinic at King Abdulaziz University Hospital, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from between June until and July 2016. The FreeStyle® Libre™ FGMS (Abbott Diabetes Care, Alameda, CA, USA) was used. Hypoglycemia was defined as glucose values of less than 70 mg/dL, while hyperglycemia as glucose values of more than 150 mg/dL for all participants based on our institute's protocol...
April 2017: Saudi Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395124/comparison-of-levetiracetam-and-oxcarbazepine-monotherapy-among-korean-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-focal-epilepsy-a-long-term-randomized-open-label-trial
#18
Ji Hyun Kim, Sang Kun Lee, Christian Loesch, Kyungsun Namgoong, Hyang Woon Lee, Seung Bong Hong
This open-label, multicenter, randomized phase IV trial (NCT01498822) of noninferiority design compared the long-term effectiveness, safety, and tolerability of levetiracetam (LEV) monotherapy with those of oxcarbazepine (OXC) monotherapy in adults with newly diagnosed focal epilepsy. Korean patients (16-80 years), with ≥2 unprovoked focal seizures in the year preceding the trial, who had not taken any antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in the last 6 months, were randomized to receive LEV or OXC (1:1). Effectiveness, safety, and tolerability were assessed over a 50-week period...
April 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379049/a-case-of-epilepsy-in-multiple-sclerosis-three-dimensional-double-inversion-recovery-sequences-revealed-cortical-dysplasia
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Domenico S Zimatore, Mirko Trentadue, Marco Castellaro, Monica Ferlisi, Enrico Piovan, Massimiliano Calabrese
In epileptic patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), cortical lesions have been suggested to cause seizures. In brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), double inversion recovery (DIR) sequences are generally used to evaluate MS cortical disease burden. We present the case of a woman, diagnosed with MS, suffering from drug-resistant partial seizures initially attributed to MS. The patient underwent many MRI exams, but only by means of high-resolution three-dimensional DIR sequences was a focal cortical dysplasia discovered...
January 1, 2017: Neuroradiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377246/awake-surgery-for-brain-vascular-malformations-and-moyamoya-disease
#20
Rami James N Aoun, Mithun G Sattur, Chandan Krishna, Amen Gupta, Matthew E Welz, Allan D Nanney, Antoun H Koht, Matthew C Tate, Katherine H Noe, Joseph I Sirven, Barrett J Anderies, Patrick B Bolton, Terry L Trentman, Richard S Zimmerman, Kristin R Swanson, Bernard R Bendok
OBJECTIVE: While a significant amount of experience has accumulated for awake procedures for brain tumor, epilepsy and carotid surgery, its utility for intracranial neurovascular indications remains largely undefined. Awake surgery, for select neurovascular cases, offers the advantage of precise brain mapping and robust neurological monitoring during surgery for lesions in eloquent areas, avoidance of potential hemodynamic instability, and possible faster recovery. Additionally, it opens the window for perilesional epileptogenic tissue resection with potentially less risk for iatrogenic injury...
April 1, 2017: World Neurosurgery
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