The role of alcohol dependency in deaths among people with epilepsy recorded by the National Drug-Related Deaths Index (NDRDI) in Ireland, 2004–2013

The increased risk of death among young people with epilepsy compared to the general population is acknowledged [1,2]. Alcohol dependency is reported to be a risk factor for increased deaths among people with epilepsy [3]. An increased prevalence of seizures and epilepsy has been reported during acute alcohol intoxication and alcohol withdrawal stages among chronic alcohol dependent persons [4,5].

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Physical and mental health comorbidities of epilepsy: Population-based cross-sectional analysis of 1.5 million people in Scotland

Epilepsy is the second commonest chronic neurological disorder in developed countries with an estimated prevalence of around 9.7 per 1000 population and an incidence of 0.55 per 1000 per year [1]. Other United Kingdom studies have suggested a prevalence of 7.7 per 1000 population and 5.6 per 1000 population [23]. There is a consistent association between epilepsy and socioeconomic status with a higher prevalence and incidence in the less affluent [2]. People with epilepsy are known to have more physical ...

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A prestimulation evaluation protocol for patients with drug resistant epilepsy

Neurostimulation is making its way into the therapeutic armamentarium of the epileptologists, with several invasive neurostimulation modalities available today and several less invasive modalities under investigation. Clinicians will soon face a choice that should not be made randomly. We introduce the concept of a prestimulation evaluation protocol, consisting of a series of rationally chosen investigations that evaluate the presence of biomarkers for response to various neurostimulation therapies.

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Understanding Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures − phenomenology, semiology and the Integrative Cognitive Model

Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures (PNES) are one of the commonest differential diagnoses of epilepsy. This paper provides a narrative review of what has been learnt in the last 25 years regarding the visible manifestations, physiological features, subjective experiences and interactional aspects of PNES. We then explore how current insights into PNES semiology and phenomenology map onto the Integrative Cognitive Model (ICM), a new account of these phenomena that unifies previous approaches within a single explanatory framework.

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Magnetoencephalography (MEG): Past, current and future perspectives for improved differentiation and treatment of epilepsies

In addition to visual analysis digital computerized recording of electrical and magnetic fields by using EEG and MEG opened a new window for research concerning improved understanding of pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of epilepsies. .In the last 25 years MEG was used more and more in clinical studies concerning localization of focal epileptic activity,functional cortex and network analysis. Simultaneous MEG/EEG recording and analysis offer the use of complimentary information increasing the sensitivity for tracing primary epileptic activity.

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