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David Evans

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Sunday, 25 April 2010

Ketogenic diet is a promising therapy for patients with myoclonic-astatic epilepsy

This post includes a summary of a paper pPublished in Epileptic Disorders 2006 Jun;8(2):151-5 and a recipe for herby meat patties.

Study title and authors:
Ketogenic diet in patients with myoclonic-astatic epilepsy.
The Ketogenic Diet: A Treatment for Children and Others with Epilepsy
Caraballo RH, Cersósimo RO, Sakr D, Cresta A, Escobal N, Fejerman N.
Servicio de Neurología, Hospital de Pediatría "Prof Dr Juan P Garrahan", Buenos Aires, Argentina.

This paper can be accessed at:
The author concludes: "The ketogenic diet is a promising therapy for patients with myoclonic-astatic epilepsy, with over half the children showing a > 50% reduction in seizures, and seizure-freedom in 18%. In drug resistant cases of myoclonic-astatic epilepsy, the diet should be considered early in the course of this syndrome and not as a last resort".

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Recipe of the day

Herby Meat Patties

450g/1lb ground beef or lamb
Ground Lamb
Food Mall: Ground Lamb
1 small red onion, peeled and finely chopped
10ml/2tsp fresh thyme leaves
30ml/2tbsp wholegrain mustard
Salt and freshly milled black pepper

1.In a large bowl mix together all the ingredients except the flour.

2.Lightly dust your hands in a little flour and shape into twelve 5cm/2inch patties.

3.Cook on a preheated grill or barbecue for 6-8 minutes on each side turning occasionally until cooked.