Two recent articles in Epilepsia have raised concerns about adverse cognitive effects associated with intracranial electrode implantation. However, both studies have important limitations, and their results contrast with studies that report no adverse cognitive effects of intracranial electrodes for diagnosis or neurostimulation in epilepsy. Furthermore, no data are provided on the relative safety of depth electrodes implanted along the longitudinal axis of the hippocampus vs other electrode locations or types of electrodes. Instituting changes in the use of depth electrodes based solely on these 2 studies is not clinically indicated. Further research is needed.
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Study Finds More Mental Health Visits Decreases Risk of Suicide Among Youths
Study finds that suicide risk was highest among youth with epilepsy, among other conditions. In addition, the odds of suicide decreased among those who had more mental health visits within the 30 days before the date of suicide.