Nocebo effect in refractory partial epilepsy during pre-surgical monitoring: Systematic review and meta-analysis of placebo-controlled clinical trials

Nocebo refers to adverse events (AEs) connected to negative expectations that medical treatment will probably harm instead of heal and can be assessed in placebo-controlled randomized clinical trials (RCTs) [1,2]. The nocebo effect is related to lower adherence in therapy, high rates of dropouts, as well as significant difficulty in assessing the efficacy and the safety profile of a drug in clinical trials [3,4]. There is evidence that nocebo is related to negative pretrial suggestions and previous negative experiences during ...

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Seizures caused by brain tumors in children

Pediatric brain tumors are the second cause of pediatric cancer [1–4] and the leading cause of cancer mortality in children [5,6]. Seizures are one of the most common symptoms of pediatric brain tumors, both as presenting symptom or appearing during the course of the disease [7,8]. In this review of the literature, we summarize the main epidemiology, clinical features, and treatment of seizures caused by pediatric brain tumors. We also provide a brief summary on the current understanding of the ...

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Epilepsy in the tropics: Emerging etiologies

Epilepsy is considered by the World Health Organization a public health priority with more than 50 million human beings affected by the disease. More than 80% of persons with epilepsy live in low and middle income countries and most of them in Tropical areas. Several emerging, re-emerging and neglected diseases are symptomatic etiologies that jointly contribute to the enormous global burden of epilepsy. Besides the clinical strengths to reduce diagnostic and treatment gaps, other strategies in social, economic, cultural, educational ...

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Using Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) on patients with epilepsy: Confirmatory factor analysis and Rasch models

People with epilepsy are in high risk of having mood disorders: up to 55% of people with refractory epilepsy may have depression [1,2]. A study even found that the prevalence of people with refractory temporal lobe epilepsy having psychiatric disorders up to 70% [3]. Due to the high prevalence of mood disorders, people with epilepsy showed a higher suicide rate (12%) than the general population (∼1%) [4]. As a result, measuring the mood disorder in terms of anxiety and depression ...

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