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According to recent study findings, older adults with epilepsy who are taking antiepileptic drugs are at an increased risk of falls. “Falls are the most common cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma in the elderly,” said lead study author Eugene Kreys, PharmD, PhD…
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New recommended practice guidelines for the management of new-onset and treatment-resistant epilepsy with anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) have been released by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and American Epilepsy Society (AES). The AAN and AES formed an expert subcommittee of members from…
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A recent study, published online in Psychogeriatrics, suggests that anti-epileptic drug (AED) treatment for older amnestic patients with temporal spikes improved cognitive decline and related electroencephalographic abnormalities. Epilepsy is becoming increasingly more common among older adult…
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For older adult patients considering epilepsy surgery, a new study published online in Epilepsy & Behavior suggests that age should not be a determining factor in the decision. On average, a quarter of patients with newly diagnosed epilepsy are older adults. Due to clinical bias that they…
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The prevalence of epilepsy is high in the older adult population and will continue to grow as the population ages. Authors of a recent study sought to assess the health care expenditures in this population in the United States. Alain Lekoubou, MD, Department of Neurology, Medical University of…
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Researchers Omid Kavehei, PhD, University of Sydney Nano Institute (Australia), and coauthors have used advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to develop a generalized method to predict, without surgical implants, when seizures will occur in individuals living with epilepsy.…
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Major depressive disorder (MDD) prevalence among individuals with epilepsy who are managed in epilepsy clinics is estimated to be over 20% and is higher among women than among men, according to a recent study. Comorbid depression in patients with epilepsy may have a negative impact on treatment…
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As the US population ages, the incidence of epilepsy along with other comorbidities is increasing as well. For older adults with medically intractable epilepsy, age is typically seen as a limiting factor in relation to epilepsy surgery, with the risks from surgery seeming to outweigh the benefits…
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Rush University Medical Center has launched the first comprehensive epilepsy clinic in Chicago, IL, dedicated to treating epilepsy in older individuals, a population that is often not optimally treated. “Because epilepsy symptoms can be similar to dementia or heart arrhythmias, patients often are…
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By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with epilepsy are at increased risk of dying from suicide, accidents, poisonings or other unnatural causes, according to a large study. "Although the absolute risk is low (0.3-0.5%), people with epilepsy are more likely to die from unnatural…
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