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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732258/areca-catechu-palm-tree-nut-chewing-and-seizures-an-observational-study
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Farrah J Mateen, Marco Carone, Lhab Tshering, Chencho Dorji, Ugyen Dema, Sara J Grundy, Dili Ram Pokhrel, Damber K Nirola
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to report the impact of chronic abuse of Areca catechu nut wrapped in leaf (also known as doma, quid, paan), the fourth most commonly abused psychoactive substance worldwide, on the frequency of seizures among people with epilepsy. METHODS: People with clinically diagnosed epilepsy (>14years old) residing in the Kingdom of Bhutan were surveyed for self-reported Areca catechu use, demographic variables, epilepsy characteristics, and seizure frequency...
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
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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
#3
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729934/effect-of-lamotrigine-on-seizure-development-in-a-rat-pentylenetetrazole-kindling-model
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Yishu Chen, Xiaokuo He, Qianqian Sun, Ziyan Fang, Liemin Zhou
INTRODUCTION: Epileptogenesis is a process of seizure development. Lamotrigine is a novel antiepileptic drug which is also used for antiepileptogenic research. Kindling models are recommended as potentially useful tools for antiepileptogenic treatment discovery. However, previous studies demonstrated that the antiepileptogenic effect of lamotrigine is controversial in the electrical kindling model. Chemical kindling such as with pentylenetetrazole is another kindling model. The aims of this study were to examine whether lamotrigine could prevent the development of seizure in pentylenetetrazole kindling rats...
July 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729328/comparative-safety-of-antiepileptic-drugs-for-neurological-development-in-children-exposed-during-pregnancy-and-breast-feeding-a-systematic-review-and-network-meta-analysis
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Areti Angeliki Veroniki, Patricia Rios, Elise Cogo, Sharon E Straus, Yaron Finkelstein, Ryan Kealey, Emily Reynen, Charlene Soobiah, Kednapa Thavorn, Brian Hutton, Brenda R Hemmelgarn, Fatemeh Yazdi, Jennifer D'Souza, Heather MacDonald, Andrea C Tricco
OBJECTIVES: Compare the safety of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) on neurodevelopment of infants/children exposed in utero or during breast feeding. DESIGN AND SETTING: Systematic review and Bayesian random-effects network meta-analysis (NMA). MEDLINE, EMBASE and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials were searched until 27 April 2017. Screening, data abstraction and quality appraisal were completed in duplicate by independent reviewers. PARTICIPANTS: 29 cohort studies including 5100 infants/children...
July 20, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728045/postdiagnosis-neurological-care-for-patients-with-psychogenic-nonepileptic-spells-pnes
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Chloe E Hill, Hannah Schwartz, Nabila Dahodwala, Brian Litt, Kathryn A Davis
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated continuity of neurological care for patients discharged from the epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) with a diagnosis of psychogenic nonepileptic spells (PNES). Because PNES are seizure-like episodes that cannot be explained by abnormal electrical brain activity, they are challenging for patients to understand and accept. Consequently, after diagnosis, patients commonly fail to start recommended psychotherapy and instead pursue redundant medical care. As consistent relationships with healthcare providers may help, we instituted standard follow-up for patients diagnosed with PNES...
July 17, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727274/the-effect-of-depression-and-side-effects-of-antiepileptic-drugs-on-injuries-in-patients-with-epilepsy
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S Gur-Ozmen, M Mula, N Agrawal, H R Cock, D Lozsadi, T J von Oertzen
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: People with epilepsy are at increased risk of accidents and injuries but, despite several studies on this subject, data regarding preventable causes are still contradictory. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between injuries, side effects of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) and depression. METHODS: Data from a consecutive sample of adult patients with epilepsy attending the outpatient clinics at St George's University Hospital in London were included...
July 20, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722116/opioids-for-cancer-related-pain-in-children-and-adolescents
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REVIEW
Philip J Wiffen, Tess E Cooper, Anna-Karenia Anderson, Andrew L Gray, Marie-Claude Grégoire, Gustaf Ljungman, Boris Zernikow
BACKGROUND: Pain is a common feature of childhood and adolescence around the world, and for many young people, that pain is chronic. The World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for pharmacological treatments for children's persisting pain acknowledge that pain in children is a major public health concern of high significance in most parts of the world. Views on children's pain have changed over time and relief of pain is now seen as important. In the past, pain was largely dismissed and was frequently left untreated, and it was assumed that children quickly forgot about painful experiences...
July 19, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721936/assessing-quantitative-eeg-spectrograms-to-identify-non-epileptic-events
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Ajay Goenka, Alexis Boro, Elissa Yozawitz
To evaluate the sensitivity and specificity of quantitative EEG (QEEG) spectrograms in order to distinguish epileptic from non-epileptic events. Seventeen patients with paroxysmal non-epileptic events, captured during EEG monitoring, were retrospectively assessed using QEEG spectrograms. These patients were compared to a control group of 13 consecutive patients (ages 25-60 years) with epileptic seizures of similar semiology. Assessment of raw EEG was employed as the gold standard against which epileptic and non-epileptic events were validated...
July 19, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721933/transient-lesions-of-the-splenium-of-the-corpus-callosum-following-rapid-withdrawal-of-levetiracetam
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Ryo Sawagashira, Hisashi Narita, Naoki Hashimoto, Tsugiko Kurita, Shin Nakagawa, Takuya Saitoh, Ichiro Kusumi
Transient lesions of the splenium of the corpus callosum are characterized by MRI findings. The lesions are very rare, but significant from a clinical standpoint as differential diagnoses include serious conditions such as encephalitis, meningitis, and neuroleptic malignant syndrome. In addition, it is reported that some are attributed to the withdrawal of antiepileptic drugs. Here, we present a case of transient lesions of the splenium of the corpus callosum following rapid withdrawal of levetiracetam alone...
July 19, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721105/prediction-of-efficacy-for-conversion-from-adjunctive-therapy-to-monotherapy-with-eslicarbazepine-acetate-800-mg-once-daily-for-partial-onset-epilepsy
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Soujanya Sunkaraneni, Julie A Passarell, Elizabeth A Ludwig, Jill Fiedler-Kelly, Janet K Pitner, Todd A Grinnell, David Blum
PURPOSE: Eslicarbazepine acetate (ESL) is a once-daily (QD) oral antiepileptic drug (AED) indicated for partial-onset seizures (POS). Clinical studies of gradual conversion to ESL 1,200 and 1,600 mg QD monotherapies were previously conducted in patients with POS who were not well-controlled by 1 or 2 AEDs. This report describes modeling and simulation of plasma eslicarbazepine (primary active metabolite of ESL) concentrations and time to monotherapy study exit to predict efficacy for conversion to ESL monotherapy at a lower dose of 800 mg, as an option for patients requiring or not tolerating higher doses since this regimen is effective in adjunctive therapy for POS...
2017: Clinical Pharmacology: Advances and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721089/combination-treatment-of-neuropathic-pain-danish-expert-recommendations-based-on-a-delphi-process
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EDITORIAL
Jakob Vormstrup Holbech, Anne Jung, Torsten Jonsson, Mette Wanning, Claus Bredahl, Flemming W Bach
BACKGROUND: Current Danish treatment algorithms for pharmacological treatment of neuropathic pain (NeP) are tricyclic antidepressants (TCA), gabapentin and pregabalin as first-line treatment for the most common NeP conditions. Many patients have insufficient pain relief on monotherapy, but combination therapy had not been included in guidelines until recently. Based on clinical empiricism and scientific evidence, a Delphi consensus process provided a consolidated guidance on pharmacological combination treatment of NeP...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719255/patient-reported-adverse-effects-associated-with-combination-antiretroviral-therapy-and-coadministered-enzyme-inducing-antiepileptic-drugs
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Melissa A Elafros, Gretchen L Birbeck, Joseph C Gardiner, Omar K Siddiqi, Izukanji Sikazwe, Nigel Paneth, Christopher M Bositis, Jason F Okulicz
AbstractConcurrent treatment with combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) and an enzyme-inducing antiepileptic drug (EI-AED) is common in resource-limited settings; however, the incidence and impact of adverse effects in cotreated patients is largely unknown. Symptoms of adverse effects were assessed by both spontaneous report and checklist for 145 human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected Zambian adults initiating various treatment combinations, such as cART with an EI-AED (N = 20), cART only (N = 43), or neither drug (untreated; N = 82)...
June 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718878/deep-brain-and-cortical-stimulation-for-epilepsy
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REVIEW
Mathieu Sprengers, Kristl Vonck, Evelien Carrette, Anthony G Marson, Paul Boon
BACKGROUND: Despite optimal medical treatment, including epilepsy surgery, many epilepsy patients have uncontrolled seizures. Since the 1970s interest has grown in invasive intracranial neurostimulation as a treatment for these patients. Intracranial stimulation includes both deep brain stimulation (DBS) (stimulation through depth electrodes) and cortical stimulation (subdural electrodes). This is an updated version of a previous Cochrane review published in 2014. OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy, safety and tolerability of DBS and cortical stimulation for refractory epilepsy based on randomized controlled trials (RCTs)...
July 18, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718506/felbamate-as-an-add-on-therapy-for-refractory-partial-epilepsy
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REVIEW
Li Li Shi, JianCheng Dong, HengJian Ni, JinSong Geng, Taixiang Wu
BACKGROUND: This review is an update of a previously published review in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (Issue 7, 2014) on 'Felbamate as an add-on therapy for refractory epilepsy'. Epilepsy is a chronic and disabling neurologic disorder, affecting approximately 1% of the population. Up to 30% of people with epilepsy have seizures that are resistant to currently available drugs. Felbamate is one of the second-generation antiepileptic drugs and we have assessed its effects as an add-on therapy to standard drugs in this review...
July 18, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718026/solid-phase-extraction-of-multi-class-pharmaceuticals-from-environmental-water-samples-onto-modified-multi-walled-carbon-nanotubes-followed-by-lc-ms-ms
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Bojana Lalović, Tatjana Đurkić, Marija Vukčević, Ivona Janković-Častvan, Ana Kalijadis, Zoran Laušević, Mila Laušević
In this paper, pristine and chemically treated multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were employed as solid-phase extraction sorbents for the isolation and enrichment of multi-class pharmaceuticals from the surface water and groundwater, prior to liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry analysis. Thirteen pharmaceuticals that belong to different therapeutical classes (erythromycin, azithromycin, sulfamethoxazole, diazepam, lorazepam, carbamazepine, metoprolol, bisoprolol, enalapril, cilazapril, simvastatin, clopidogrel, diclofenac) and two metabolites of metamizole (4-acetylaminoantipyrine and 4-formylaminoantipyrine) were selected for this study...
July 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717415/chronic-antiepileptic-drug-use-and-functional-network-efficiency-a-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-study
#17
Tamar M van Veenendaal, Dominique M IJff, Albert P Aldenkamp, Richard H C Lazeron, Paul A M Hofman, Anton J A de Louw, Walter H Backes, Jacobus F A Jansen
AIM: To increase our insight in the neuronal mechanisms underlying cognitive side-effects of antiepileptic drug (AED) treatment. METHODS: The relation between functional magnetic resonance-acquired brain network measures, AED use, and cognitive function was investigated. Three groups of patients with epilepsy with a different risk profile for developing cognitive side effects were included: A "low risk" category (lamotrigine or levetiracetam, n = 16), an "intermediate risk" category (carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, phenytoin, or valproate, n = 34) and a "high risk" category (topiramate, n = 5)...
June 28, 2017: World Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715490/patterns-of-care-of-brain-tumor-related-epilepsy-a-cohort-study-done-in-italian-epilepsy-center
#18
Marta Maschio, Ettore Beghi, Marina M L Casazza, Gabriella Colicchio, Cinzia Costa, Paola Banfi, Stefano Quadri, Paolo Aloisi, Anna Teresa Giallonardo, Carla Buttinelli, Giada Pauletto, Salvatore Striano, Andrea Salmaggi, Riccardo Terenzi, Ornella Daniele, Giovanni Crichiutti, Francesco Paladin, Rosario Rossi, Giulia Prato, Federico Vigevano, Roberto De Simone, Federica Ricci, Marina Saladini, Fabrizio Monti, Susanna Casellato, Tiziano Zanoni, Diana Giannarelli, Giuliano Avanzini, Umberto Aguglia
Epilepsy is the most common comorbidity in patients with brain tumors. STUDY AIMS: To define characteristics of brain tumor-related epilepsy (BTRE) patients and identify patterns of care. Nationwide, multicenter retrospective cohort study. Medical records of BTRE patients seen from 1/1/2010 to 12/31/2011, followed for at least one month were examined. Information included age, sex, tumor type/treatments, epilepsy characteristics, antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). Time to modify first AED due to inefficacy and/or toxicity was assessed with the Kaplan-Meier method and Cox proportional hazard models were used to identify predictors of treatment outcome...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714604/antidepressants-antipsychotics-and-mood-stabilizers-in-pregnancy-what-do-we-know-and-how-should-we-treat-pregnant-women-with-depression
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REVIEW
Asher Ornoy, Liza Weinstein-Fudim, Zivanit Ergaz
Depression is generally treated with antidepressants, but may often need antipsychotics and mood stabilizers. We discuss the updated data regarding the safety in pregnancy of antidepressants and antipsychotics, except selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and their possible impact on the long-term development of the offspring. Several earlier studies demonstrated a slight increase in the rate of major anomalies following maternal tricyclic antidepressant treatment, but most current literature shows their relative safety in pregnancy...
July 17, 2017: Birth defects research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712486/myoclonic-epilepsy-in-infancy-with-preceding-or-concurrent-afebrile-generalized-tonic-clonic-seizures-in-chinese-children
#20
Zhixian Yang, Hui Li, Jiao Xue, Ping Qian, Xiaoyan Liu, Yuehua Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the general characteristics and the category of myoclonic epilepsy in infancy (MEI) with or without afebrile generalized tonic-clonic seizures (GTCS). METHODS: Thirty-three children were retrospectively recruited from approximately 42,814 video-electroencephalogram (VEEG) recordings monitored in our department over last nearly 10years. Myoclonic seizures (MS) must be identified by VEEG in all patients. The clinical, EEG features and outcome were analyzed among these patients...
July 13, 2017: Brain & Development
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