Neurologic conditions, such as epilepsy, migraine, and stroke, often have real-world consequences, such as those described in three new studies.
Epilepsy patients may have slowed reaction times that potentially lead to car crashes due to interictal epileptic activity (IEA) and antiepileptic drugs. Stroke survivors who have returned to work may face invisible barriers. New models suggest how exercise may help relieve migraine pain.
Epilepsy Activity May Lead to Car Crashes Abstract link.
Epilepsy patients with interictal epileptic activity (IEA) may be more likely to crash a car due to slowed reaction times.
The researchers concluded that antiepileptic drugs somewhat reduced psychomotor speed, but it was mainly the IEA that contributed to an excess of virtual accidents.
Stroke Survivors Face Barriers in Return to Work Abstract link.
Stroke survivors may face invisible barriers when they return to work, including fatigue, problems with concentration, memory, and personality changes.
The researchers called for improved assessments of residual impairments in the workplace and in general practice, and suggested that future studies should investigate the effect of unrecognized fatigue and invisible impairments on staying in work following stroke.
How Exercise Helps Relieve Migraine Abstract link.
Regular exercise is routinely recommended to help manage and prevent migraine headaches. But how exactly does exercise help?
The authors note that many people with migraine remain suboptimally treated and they hope that their models provide a new therapeutic avenue as an alternative to compliment established migraine interventions.