Low Dose Fish Oil Helpful in the Management of Seizures

fish-oilAfter several negative trials, the possibility of treating epilepsy with fish oil has seen a glimmer of hope with a new randomized trial suggesting a significant benefit with a lower dose than has previously been tested.

The study, published online September 9 in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry 9 and conducted by a team led by Christopher M. DeGiorgio, MD, Department of Neurology, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California, showed a significant reduction in seizure frequency with the low-dose but not the high-dose treatment vs placebo.

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New approved extended release medication for epilepsy

FDAThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved another once-daily extended-release formulation of topiramate (Qudexy XR, Upsher-Smith Laboratories Inc), the company announced.

It is indicated as initial monotherapy in patients 10 years of age or older with partial-onset seizures or primary tonic-clonic seizures, and also approved as adjunctive therapy in patients 2 years of age or older with partial-onset seizures, primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures, and seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.

The new formulation is available in 25-, 50-, 100-, 150-, and 200-mg extended-release capsules, the statement notes. Capsules can be opened and the contents sprinkled on a spoonful of soft food to facilitate dosing. “This makes it the only approved extended-release topiramate product for patients who experience challenges swallowing whole capsules or tablets,” the release adds.

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Epilepsy surgery effective also on patients older than 60

epilepsySurgery in older patients with epilepsy has the potential to improve overall health and quality of life, as well as provide a favorable seizure outcome, according to a study presented at the 67th Annual Meeting of the American Epilepsy Society.

Investigators at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), reviewed the records of 10 patients who had undergone resective epilepsy surgery for medically refractory focal onset seizures at their institution between 1992 and 2012. Patients ages 60 and older (age range: 60 to 74) with a minimum follow-up of one year (range 1 to 7.5 years) were included in the study. Comorbidities at the time of surgery, including hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, osteoporosis, obstructive sleep apnea, depression, and falls, were noted. A modified Liverpool life satisfaction tool was administered postoperatively, with a maximum score of 40.

Patients’ mean age at surgery was 65.4. The mean duration of epilepsy before surgery was 27.8 years. At the time of surgery, 70% of patients had at least one medical comorbidity in addition to refractory seizures. No patients experienced any postsurgical complications.

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New implantation device for intractable epilepsy

brain-epilepsyRNS for Epilepsy Has Long-Term Benefits

More than half of epilepsy patients treated with the recently approved responsive neurostimulation device (RNS) had reductions of 50% from baseline in seizure frequency lasting for up to 80 months, researchers reported here.

Among 250 participants in the pivotal trial of the implanted RNS System neurostimulator, approved last month for treating drug-resistant focal epilepsy, long-term follow-up indicated that responder rates increased steadily over the first 2 to 3 years after implant, reaching about 55%, said Martha Morrell, MD, chief medical officer of NeuroPace, based in Mountain View, Calif., which manufactures the device.

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Brain Stimulation approved for treatment of Epilepsy and Depression

September 7, 2012 — An external trigeminal nerve stimulation (eTNS) system (Monarch, NeuroSigma, Inc) has received European Union (EU) CE Certification for the adjunctive treatment of epilepsy and major depressive disorder for adults and children aged 9 years and older.

The device has been evaluated in clinical trials conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Southern California. It consists of an external pulse generator and disposable electric patches placed on the forehead that are replaced daily and are worn primarily during sleep. [Read more…]