Swiss study reveals shorter duration of intensive care unit and hospital stays with direct and early induction of artificial coma in status epilepticus

2560 1709 Maggie Ford, MD

Status epilepticus (SE) is a lethal, life-threatening neurologic emergency associated with high levels of morbidity and mortality.1-3 International treatment guidelines recommend the use of benzodiazepines as first-line treatment followed by…

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Is it the chicken or the egg: a causality dilemma, which comes first dementia or epilepsy?

2560 1702 Maggie Ford, MD

Epilepsy with dementia or dementia with epilepsy Two recent studies have had contradictory results regarding the relationship between dementia and epilepsy.1,2 Johnson et al. 2020 found that 41.6% of participants…

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Journal watch: Effect of cannabidiol on interictal epileptiform activity and sleep architecture in children with intractable epilepsy: A prospective open-label study

1500 1000 Shawn Haigh

The Background Cannabidiol was used increasingly over the last 5 years in the therapy of epilepsy and has shown to be effective in reducing seizures in patients with Dravet syndrome,…

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Speaking to Prof. Georgia Ramantani — “Curing children provides hope for the future”

1000 667 Anna Stelling, PhD

Prof. Georgia Ramantani, MD, PhD, is a paediatrician, paediatric neurologist, epileptologist and neurophysiologist currently heading the division of EEG & Epilepsy at the Department of Neuropaediatrics, University Children’s Hospital Zurich,…

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Journal watch: Can seizure risk in focal epilepsy be forecasted?

1500 1000 Anna Stelling, PhD

The Background The unpredictability of spontaneous seizures is a major burden for epilepsy patients, affecting their independence, safety and psychological wellbeing. In recent years, several studies utilised continuous electroencephalogram (cEEG)…

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Understanding seizure cyclicity: Possible benefits for epilepsy management?

2000 1334 Shawn Haigh

Over millennia, humans have tried to unveil the mechanisms behind epileptic seizure cyclicity.1 Despite patients with epilepsy often experiencing seizures at consistent times of the day, week, month, or year,…

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Speaking to Prof. Andrea Rossetti – “Often in life, things happen by chance, but then you have to seize the chance“

2560 1600 Anna Stelling, PhD

Prof. Andrea Rossetti is the head of the Electroencephalography (EEG) and Epilepsy unit of the Neurological department of the University Hospital of Lausanne in Switzerland. He recently published a potentially…

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How to choose antiepileptic drug treatment for refractory epilepsy?

1920 1280 Anne Carter, MA (Cantab)

While most patients with epilepsy respond to one or two drugs, it is estimated that 30% develop drug resistance.1 At EAN 2020, Sylvain Rheims (Department of Functional Neurology and Epileptology,…

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Spider venom could bite back at severe epilepsy

2700 1800 Peter Stevenson, PhD

A peptide found in spider venom could be crucial in combatting one of the most severe forms epilepsy, Dravet syndrome, researchers from Australia’s most extensive venom laboratory have reported.  …

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