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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110204/new-classification-of-epilepsy-related-neoplasms-the-clinical-perspective
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REVIEW
Burkhard S Kasper, Ekkehard M Kasper
Neoplastic CNS lesions are a common cause of focal epilepsy refractory to anticonvulsant treatment, i.e. long-term epilepsy-associated tumors (LEATs). Epileptogenic tumors encompass a variety of intriguing lesions, e.g. dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumors or gangliogliomas, which differ from more common CNS neoplasms in their clinical context as well as on histopathology. Long-term epilepsy-associated tumor classification is a rapidly evolving issue in surgical neuropathology, with new entities still being elucidated...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109994/postsurgical-outcome-in-patients-with-olfactory-auras-and-drug-resistant-epilepsy
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Ali A Asadi-Pooya, Maromi Nei, Elizabeth E Centurion, Matthew Lorenzo, Michael R Sperling
OBJECTIVES: We investigated the clinical features associated with olfactory auras in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy and also hypothesized that this type of aura may predict worse postsurgical outcome in patients with drug-resistant temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). METHODS: In this retrospective analysis, data from all patients with drug-resistant epilepsy who underwent epilepsy surgery were reviewed. Patients were prospectively registered in a database from 1986 through 2016...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109993/epilepsy-associated-levels-of-perceived-stigma-their-associations-with-treatment-and-related-factors-a-cross-sectional-study-in-urban-and%C3%A2-rural-areas-in-ecuador
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Jaime Luna, Mandy Nizard, Danielle Becker, Daniel Gerard, Alejandro Cruz, Voa Ratsimbazafy, Michel Dumas, Marcelo Cruz, Pierre-Marie Preux
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy is felt to be a stigmatizing condition. Stigma has been considered one of the major factors contributing to the burden of epilepsy and to the treatment gap. Stigma has a negative effect on the management of people with epilepsy (PWE). Furthermore, lack of information and inappropriate beliefs are still the factors that most contribute to stigma and discrimination. In this study, we assessed the level of perceived stigma in urban and rural areas and we report their association with in antiepileptic drug (AED) use, effects on seeking medical care, and stigma-associated factors...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109989/low-glycemic-index-treatment-for-seizure-control-in-angelman-syndrome-a-case-series-from-the-center-for-dietary-therapy-of-epilepsy-at-the-massachusetts-general-hospital
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Olivia R Grocott, Katherine S Herrington, Heidi H Pfeifer, Elizabeth A Thiele, Ronald L Thibert
The low glycemic index treatment, a dietary therapy that focuses on glycemic index and reduced carbohydrate intake, has been successful in reducing seizure frequency in the general epilepsy population. Epilepsy is a common feature of Angelman syndrome and seizures are often refractory to multiple medications, especially in those with maternal deletions. Dietary therapy has become a more frequently used option for treating epilepsy, often in combination with other antiepileptic drugs, due to its efficacy and favorable side effect profile...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109983/the-clinical-and-neurobehavioral-course-of-down-syndrome-and-dementia-with-or-without-new-onset-epilepsy
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Taha Gholipour, Sara Mitchell, Rani A Sarkis, Zeina Chemali
BACKGROUND: Adult patients with Down syndrome (DS) are at higher risk of developing Alzheimer-type dementia and epilepsy. The relationship between developing dementia and the risk of developing seizures in DS is poorly characterized to date. In addition, treatment response and medication tolerability have not been rigorously studied. METHODS: We identified 220 patients with a diagnosis of DS and dementia. Those without a history of developing seizures (DD) were compared to patients with new-onset seizures (DD+S) after the age of 35...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109982/altered-glutamate-metabolism-contributes-to-antiepileptogenic-effects-in-the-progression-from-focal-seizure-to-generalized-seizure-by-low-frequency-stimulation-in-the-ventral-hippocampus
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Hong-Liu Sun, Wei Zhu, Yu-Rong Zhang, Xiao-Hong Pan, Jun-Ru Zhang, Xiang-Ming Chen, Yu-Xia Liu, Shu-Cui Li, Qiao-Yun Wang, Da-Ping Deng
As a promising method for treating intractable epilepsy, the inhibitory effect of low-frequency stimulation (LFS) is well known, although its mechanisms remain unclear. Excessive levels of cerebral glutamate are considered a crucial factor for epilepsy. Therefore, we designed experiments to investigate the crucial parts of the glutamate cycle. We evaluated glutamine synthetase (GS, metabolizes glutamate), glutaminase (synthesizes glutamate), and glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD, a γ-aminobutyric acid [GABA] synthetase) in different regions of the brain, including the dentate gyrus (DG), CA3, and CA1 subregions of the hippocampus, and the cortex, using western blots, immunohistochemistry, and enzyme activity assays...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109780/neuroimaging-studies-towards-understanding-the-central-effects-of-pharmacological-cannabis-products-on-patients-with-epilepsy
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REVIEW
Jane B Allendorfer, Jerzy P Szaflarski
Recent interest for the use of cannabis-derived products as therapeutic agents in the treatment of epilepsies has necessitated a reevaluation of their effects on brain and behavior. Overall, prolonged cannabis use is thought to result in functional and structural brain alterations. These effects may be dependent on a number of factors: e.g., which phytocannabinoid is used (e.g., cannabidiol (CBD) vs. tetrahyrocannabinol (THC)), the frequency of use (occasional vs. heavy), and at what age (prenatal, childhood, adulthood) the use began...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109652/epilepsy-in-patients-with-grin2a-alterations-genetics-neurodevelopment-epileptic-phenotype-and-response-to-anticonvulsive-drugs
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C von Stülpnagel, M Ensslen, R S Møller, D K Pal, S Masnada, P Veggiotti, E Piazza, M Dreesmann, T Hartlieb, T Herberhold, E Hughes, M Koch, C Kutzer, K Hoertnagel, J Nitanda, M Pohl, K Rostásy, T B Haack, K Stöhr, G Kluger, I Borggraefe
OBJECTIVE: To delineate the genetic, neurodevelopmental and epileptic spectrum associated with GRIN2A alterations with emphasis on epilepsy treatment. METHODS: Retrospective study of 19 patients (7 females; age: 1-38 years; mean 10.1 years) with epilepsy and GRIN2A alteration. Genetic variants were classified according to the guidelines and recommendations of the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG). Clinical findings including epilepsy classification, treatment, EEG findings, early childhood development and neurodevelopmental outcome were collected with an electronic questionnaire...
January 14, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109197/everolimus-is-better-than-rapamycin-in-attenuating-neuroinflammation-in-kainic-acid-induced-seizures
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Ming-Tao Yang, Yi-Chin Lin, Whae-Hong Ho, Chao-Lin Liu, Wang-Tso Lee
BACKGROUND: Microglia is responsible for neuroinflammation, which may aggravate brain injury in diseases like epilepsy. Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) kinase is related to microglial activation with subsequent neuroinflammation. In the present study, rapamycin and everolimus, both as mTOR inhibitors, were investigated in models of kainic acid (KA)-induced seizure and lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced neuroinflammation. METHODS: In vitro, we treated BV2 cells with KA and LPS...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109096/-vildagliptin-suppresses-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-by-up-regulating-glucagon-like-peptide-1
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Yue-Tao Wen, Kun-Lun Wu, Quan-Hong Shi
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of vildagliptin on pentamethazol (PTZ)-induced epilepsy in rats and explore the molecular mechanism. METHODS: Samples of temporal cortex from 23 patients with temporal lobe epilepsy were collected as epilepsy group and samples of temporal cortex from 14 patients with brain trauma were used as control group. Ninety male SD rats were randomly divided into control group (group A), PTZ-induced epilepsy group (group B), saline 2 mL/kg group (group C), vildagliptin 2...
January 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108871/quantitative-spm-analysis-involving-an-adaptive-template-may-be-easily-applied-to-18-f-fdg-pet-images-of-the-rat-brain
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Sylvain Poussier, Fatiha Maskali, Gaelle Vexiau, Antoine Verger, Henri Boutley, Gilles Karcher, Emmanuel Raffo, Pierre-Yves Marie
PURPOSE: The Statistical Parametric Mapping (SPM) software is frequently used for the quantitative analysis of patients' brain images obtained from 2-deoxy-2-[(18)F]fluoro-D-glucose positron emission tomography ([(18)F]FDG PET). However, its adaptation to small animals is difficult, particularly for the initial step of spatial normalization which requires a specific brain anatomical template. This study was aimed at determining whether SPM analysis can be applied to rat, and more specifically to the lithium-pilocarpine model of epilepsy, by using an adaptive template...
January 20, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105099/lamotrigine-decreases-mrp8-and-il-7-in-rat-models-of-intractable-epilepsy-secondary-to-focal-cortical-dysplasia
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Jianping Wei, Qingmei Nie, Feng Li
The aim of the present study was to examine the effect of lamotrigine and the expression of myeloid-related protein 8 (MRP8) and interleukin-7 (IL-7) in the treatment of focal cortical dysplasia with secondary intractable epilepsy. In this study, rats with focal cortical dysplasia with secondary intractable epilepsy (constructed by our laboratory) were selected and used for experimentation, 21-day Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into the control group (38 rats), the observation group I (39 rats), and the observation group II (38 rats)...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104461/cxcr4-antagonist-amd3100-reverses-the-neurogenesis-promoted-by-enriched-environment-and-suppresses-long-term-seizure-activity-in-adult-rats-of-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Zhike Zhou, Tingting Liu, Xiaoyu Sun, Xiaopeng Mu, Gang Zhu, Ting Xiao, Mei Zhao, Chuansheng Zhao
It has been showed that enriched environment (EE) enhances the hippocampal neurogenesis and improves the cognitive impairments, accompanied by the increased expressions of stromal cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1) in adult rats of temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). We examined whether the enhanced neurogenesis and improved cognitive functions induced by EE following seizures were mediated by SDF-1/CXCR4 pathway. Therefore, we investigated the effects of the EE combined with CXCR4 antagonist AMD3100 on neurogenesis, cognitive functions and the long-term seizure activity in the TLE model...
January 16, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102150/ultra-rare-genetic-variation-in-common-epilepsies-a-case-control-sequencing-study
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BACKGROUND: Despite progress in understanding the genetics of rare epilepsies, the more common epilepsies have proven less amenable to traditional gene-discovery analyses. We aimed to assess the contribution of ultra-rare genetic variation to common epilepsies. METHODS: We did a case-control sequencing study with exome sequence data from unrelated individuals clinically evaluated for one of the two most common epilepsy syndromes: familial genetic generalised epilepsy, or familial or sporadic non-acquired focal epilepsy...
February 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101805/ketogenic-diet-in-pyruvate-dehydrogenase-complex-deficiency-short-and-long-term-outcomes
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Kalliopi Sofou, Maria Dahlin, Tove Hallböök, Marie Lindefeldt, Gerd Viggedal, Niklas Darin
OBJECTIVES: Our aime was to study the short- and long-term effects of ketogenic diet on the disease course and disease-related outcomes in patients with pyruvate dehydrogenase complex deficiency, the metabolic factors implicated in treatment outcomes, and potential safety and compliance issues. METHODS: Pediatric patients diagnosed with pyruvate dehydrogenase complex deficiency in Sweden and treated with ketogenic diet were evaluated. Study assessments at specific time points included developmental and neurocognitive testing, patient log books, and investigator and parental questionnaires...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101478/focal-epileptogenic-lesions-in-adult-patients-with-epilepsy-and-generalized-epileptiform-discharges
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Dong Wook Kim, Seo-Young Lee, Sang Kun Lee
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: There are reports of successful resective epilepsy surgery for pediatric patients with epilepsy and generalized epileptiform discharges when they had focal epileptogenic lesions identified by MRI. However, there is limited information regarding adult patients with epilepsy who have both generalized epileptiform discharges and focal epileptogenic lesions. METHODS: To investigate the incidence and characteristics of adult patients who have both generalized epileptiform discharges and potentially epileptogenic lesions, we retrospectively analyzed data of clinical features and results of EEG and MRI of all patients with adult-onset epilepsy in a tertiary referral hospital...
December 2016: Journal of Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100336/-research-advances-in-circadian-rhythm-of-epileptic-seizures
#17
Wen-Qi Yang, Hong Li
The time phase of epileptic seizures has attracted more and more attention. Epileptic seizures have their own circadian rhythm. The same type of epilepsy has different seizure frequencies in different time periods and states (such as sleeping/awakening state and natural day/night cycle). The circadian rhythm of epileptic seizures has complex molecular and endocrine mechanisms, and currently there are several hypotheses. Clarification of the circadian rhythm of epileptic seizures and prevention and administration according to such circadian rhythm can effectively control seizures and reduce the adverse effects of drugs...
January 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098939/a-systematic-review-of-economic-evaluations-of-treatments-for-patients-with-epilepsy
#18
REVIEW
Ben F M Wijnen, Ghislaine A P G van Mastrigt, Silvia M A A Evers, Olga Gershuni, Danielle A J E Lambrechts, Marian H J M Majoie, Debby Postulart, Bert A P Aldenkamp, Reina J A de Kinderen
The increasing number of treatment options and the high costs associated with epilepsy have fostered the development of economic evaluations in epilepsy. It is important to examine the availability and quality of these economic evaluations and to identify potential research gaps. As well as looking at both pharmacologic (antiepileptic drugs [AEDs]) and nonpharmacologic (e.g., epilepsy surgery, ketogenic diet, vagus nerve stimulation) therapies, this review examines the methodologic quality of the full economic evaluations included...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098937/sodium-selenate-treatment-improves-symptoms-and-seizure-susceptibility-in-a-malin-deficient-mouse-model-of-lafora-disease
#19
Gentzane Sánchez-Elexpuru, José M Serratosa, Marina P Sánchez
OBJECTIVE: To search for new therapies aimed at ameliorating the neurologic symptoms and epilepsy developing in patients with Lafora disease. METHODS: Lafora disease is caused by loss-of-function mutations in either the EPM2A or EPM2B genes. Epm2a(-/-) and Epm2b(-/-) mice display neurologic and behavioral abnormalities similar to those found in patients. Selenium is a potent antioxidant and its deficiency has been related to the development of certain diseases, including epilepsy...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096104/recent-developments-in-the-surgical-management-of-paediatric-epilepsy
#20
REVIEW
Vijay M Ravindra, Matthew T Sweney, Robert J Bollo
Among the 1% of children affected by epilepsy, failure of pharmacological therapy and early age of seizure onset can lead to worse long-term cognitive outcomes, mental health disorders and impaired functional status. Surgical management often improves functional and cognitive outcomes in children with medically refractory epilepsy, especially when seizure remission is achieved. However, surgery remains underused in children with drug-resistant epilepsy, creating a large treatment gap. Several recent innovations have led to considerable improvement in surgical technique, including the recent development of minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic techniques such as stereotactic EEG, transcranial magnetic stimulation, MRI-guided laser ablation, as well as novel paradigms of neurostimulation...
January 17, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood
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