Patricia Atkinson

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At the end of 2003, the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine published an article announcing the creation of the James Lind Initiative (JLI). The article began by recalling the way that James Lind, an 18th century Scottish naval surgeon, had confronted uncertainty about how to treat scurvy by doing a controlled trial. This had shown that oranges and(More)
OBJECTIVE To provide population-based data on the performance of school-aged children with epilepsy on measures of academic achievement and factors associated with this performance after controlling for IQ. METHODS Eighty-five (74%) of 115 children with "active" epilepsy (experienced a seizure in the past year and/or on antiepileptic drugs [AEDs])(More)
BACKGROUND In addition to recurrent epileptic seizures, children with epilepsy can have coexisting cognitive and behavioral difficulties but the spectrum and prevalence of such difficulties are uncertain. METHODS The Children with Epilepsy in Sussex Schools study is a prospective, community-based study involving school-aged children (5–15 years) with(More)
We determined the metabolic effects of insulin derived from renal subcapsular islet grafts, either with systemic delivery of insulin through renal venous drainage (REN) or with portal delivery of insulin after renal vein-to-superior mesenteric vein anastomosis (RMA), in streptozotocin-induced diabetic Lewis rats, in comparison with normal rats. After gavage(More)
OBJECTIVE To provide data on the health, social care, and education costs of active childhood epilepsy and factors associated with these costs over an 18-month period in a population-based sample. METHODS The Children with Epilepsy in Sussex Schools (CHESS) study is a population-based study involving school-aged children (5-15 years) with active epilepsy(More)
INTRODUCTION There is a lack of population-based data on specific cognitive profiles in childhood epilepsy. This study sought to determine the frequency of impairments in global cognition and aspects of working memory and processing speed in a population-based sample of children with "active" epilepsy (on antiepileptic Drugs (AEDs), and/or had a seizure in(More)
BACKGROUND Improving health-related quality of life (HRQOL), rather than just reducing seizures, should be the principal goal in comprehensive management of childhood epilepsy. There is a lack of population-based data on predictors of HRQOL in childhood epilepsy. METHODS The Children with Epilepsy in Sussex Schools (CHESS) study is a prospective,(More)
Childhood epilepsy is associated with a range of neurobehavioural comorbidities including Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), motor impairments and emotional problems. These difficulties frequently have a greater impact on quality of life than seizures. Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is a term increasingly(More)
OBJECTIVE Provide data on the distribution of parent- and teacher-reported symptoms of ADHD in childhood epilepsy and describe coexisting cognitive and behavioral disorders in children with both epilepsy and ADHD. METHOD Eighty-five (74% of those eligible) children (5-15 years) in a population-based sample with active epilepsy underwent psychological(More)