Maintenance effects of working memory intervention (Cogmed) in children with symptomatic epilepsy

Publication date: February 2017Source:Epilepsy & Behavior, Volume 67
Author(s): Amanda Fuentes, Elizabeth N. Kerr

Purpose
To extend previous research documenting the benefits of working memory (WM) intervention (Cogmed) immediately post-intervention in children with epilepsy by assessing the 3-month maintenance effects.
Methods
Participants involved in a previous randomized clinical trial (RCT) were invited to participate if they completed Cogmed within the last 3months (n=15) ...

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Female sexual function mediates the effects of medication adherence on quality of life in people with epilepsy

Publication date: February 2017Source:Epilepsy & Behavior, Volume 67
Author(s): Chung-Ying Lin, Andrea Burri, Bengt Fridlund, Amir H. Pakpour

Purpose
The purpose of this study was to understand the mediating effects of female sexual functioning in the association between medication adherence and quality of life (QoL) in Iranian women with epilepsy (WWE).
Methods
Women’s sexual functioning was measured using Female Sexual Function Index; ...

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Managing epilepsy-associated depression: Serotonin enhancers or serotonin producers?

Publication date: January 2017Source:Epilepsy & Behavior, Volume 66
Author(s): Tanveer Singh, Rajesh Kumar Goel
Depression is one of the major psychiatric comorbidities having a major impact on the quality of life in people with epilepsy (PWE). Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are considered as safest therapy for the treatment of depression in PWE. Although administration of SSRIs increases the synaptic serotonin levels, it decreases the overall serotonin ...

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Quality-of-life metrics with vagus nerve stimulation for epilepsy from provider survey data

Publication date: January 2017Source:Epilepsy & Behavior, Volume 66
Author(s): Dario J. Englot, Kevin H. Hassnain, John D. Rolston, Stephen C. Harward, Saurabh R. Sinha, Michael M. Haglund

Objective
Drug-resistant epilepsy is a devastating disorder associated with diminished quality of life (QOL). Surgical resection leads to seizure freedom and improved QOL in many epilepsy patients, but not all individuals are candidates ...

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Watch the language! Language and linguistic-cognitive abilities in children with nocturnal epileptiform activity

Publication date: January 2017Source:Epilepsy & Behavior, Volume 66
Author(s): Silje Systad, Marit Bjørnvold, Rune Markhus, Solveig-Alma H. Lyster
We studied the language and linguistic-cognitive abilities of a group of children with nocturnal epileptiform activity (NEA; N=33) who were hospitalized at a tertiary epilepsy hospital. The children were compared with two groups: one age- and gender-matched group (N=33) and one ...

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Individual and family factors associated with self-esteem in young people with epilepsy: A multiple mediation analysis

Publication date: January 2017Source:Epilepsy & Behavior, Volume 66
Author(s): Judith Chew, Anne M Haase, John Carpenter

Objective
As young people experience added demands from living with epilepsy, which may lead to poor psychosocial adjustment, it is essential to examine mechanisms of change to provide practitioners with knowledge to develop effective interventions. The aim of this study was to examine individual and family-level factors – stress and ...

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Effectiveness and tolerability of antiepileptic drugs in 104 girls with Rett syndrome

Publication date: January 2017Source:Epilepsy & Behavior, Volume 66
Author(s): Aglaia Vignoli, Miriam Nella Savini, Maria Sonia Nowbut, Angela Peron, Katherine Turner, Francesca La Briola, Maria Paola Canevini
Approximately 60–80% of girls with Rett Syndrome (RTT) have epilepsy, which represents one of the most severe problems clinicians have to deal with, especially when patients are 7–12years old.

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Yawning induced by focal electrical stimulation in the human brain

Publication date: January 2017Source:Epilepsy & Behavior, Volume 66
Author(s): Sweta Joshi, Arezou Bayat, Linda Gagnon, Donald C. Shields, Mohamad Z. Koubeissi
The primary function of yawning is not fully understood. We report a case in which electrical stimulation of the putamen in the human brain consistently elicited yawning. A 46-year-old woman with intractable epilepsy had invasive depth electrode monitoring and cortical ...

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Quality of life in epilepsy—31 inventory (QOLIE-31) scores: A global comparison

Publication date: December 2016Source:Epilepsy & Behavior, Volume 65
Author(s): Altaf Saadi, Bryan Patenaude, Farrah J. Mateen
Quality of life is a pragmatic endpoint for understanding the experience of people with epilepsy (PWE) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where>80% of PWE reside. However, the literature is bereft of QOL in epilepsy (QOLIE) studies among LMICs and knowledge of the variation in QOLIE globally. ...

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