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  1. Can Neurofeedback Help Otherwise Untreatable Epilepsy??

    Researchers at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston conducted a meta-analysis of studies examining whether EEG (electroencephalographic) biofeedback (AKA neurofeedback) is a viable treatment for epilepsy. About one third of epilepsy patients do not benefit from standard medical treatment.

    Of 63 published studies, 10 provided enough outcome information to be included in the meta-analysis. All studies consisted of patients whose seizures were not controlled by medical therapies.  Nine of 10 studies reinforced sensorimotor rhythms (SMR) while 1 study trained slow cortical potentials (SCP).

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  2. Can Guided Imagery & Hypnosis Help with Epilepsy?

    Question:

    I am mentoring a young woman who has epilepsy. Her seizures increase (of course) when she is stressed. Are there any of your CD's that more directly address seizures?  Or any that would be best for dealing with stress?

    Thanks for all you do.
    Nellie

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  3. Guided imagery helps elderly patients to remember to take their medications.

    A new study from the National Institute on Aging finds that guided imagery helps elderly patients to remember to take their medicine. Researchers Linda Liu, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan, and Denise Park, Ph.D., of the University of Illinois found that older adults who spent a few minutes imagining and picturing how they would test their blood sugar were 50 percent more likely to actually do these tests on a regular basis than those who used other memory techniques requiring far more conscious effort.

    Thirty-one non-diabetic elderly volunteers were taught to do home blood glucose tests. The participants, ages 60 to 81, were randomly assigned to one of three groups and told to monitor their blood sugar levels four specific times daily. They were not allowed to use timers, alarms or other devices.
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  4. A pilot study of a yoga meditation protocol for patients with medically refractory epilepsy.

    The R. Madhavan Nayar Center for Comprehensive Epilepsy Care at Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology in Kerala, India, assessed the efficacy of a yoga meditation protocol (YMP) as an adjunctive treatment in patients with drug-resistant chronic epilepsy. The yoga intervention consisted of a YMP 20 minutes twice daily (mornings and evenings) at home, and supervised sessions of a YMP every week for 3 months. Continuation of the YMP beyond 3 months was optional.
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