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The mechanisms behind seizure activity are extremely complex and researchers are still trying to unravel them. The scientific journal Nature has recently published a summary of important findings, and this includes a lot of Epilepsy Research UK-funded work (by Professor Matthew Walker and colleagues, at University College London, and Dr Andrew Trevelyan (former Epilepsy Research UK Fellow), at Newcastle University). Nature is a very well respected read more

Coexisting psychiatric disorders can make it less likely that patients with a certain form of childhood epilepsy will respond effectively to treatment with valproic acid (VPA). Conducted by the Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences In Hyderabad, a retrospective analysis of data from 201 patients with JME who had at least three years of follow-up has been performed in order to read more

A new study has demonstrated the benefits that adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) therapy can bring for patients affected by late-onset spasms (LOS). Categorised as epileptic spasms that begin after the first year of life, LOS is a condition that generally has poor prognoses, with no established treatment strategy in place. However, this new study indicates that ACTH could be a promising read more

People with epilepsy frequently report emotionally stress in the lead-up to a seizure; but although the association between stress and seizures is well recognised, the mechanisms for this is still not understood. The steroid hormone cortisol is secreted by the body in spurts over the course of the day, and its levels increase dramatically during stress. Cortisol is known to read more

EEG-biofeedback is a non-invasive learning strategy that can enable a person to alter his/her brain wave activity.  It has already been shown to be a safe and effective therapeutic option for some adults with epilepsy, but as yet there are no data available for children. Mrs Gina Parker and colleagues, at Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Trust, have been awarded £9,965 read more

The most common type of epilepsy is idiopathic (meaning of unknown cause) generalised epilepsy or IGE. When IGE is first diagnosed, most people will be treated with an anti-epileptic drug (AED), but only half will find their seizures stop completely in the following year. There are currently no tests to tell neurologists whether a person will respond to AED treatment, read more

A new critical review has highlighted the fact that not enough attention is currently being given to the risks associated with uncontrolled and progressive epilepsy – also known as refractory epilepsy. Eight international epilepsy experts from Europe, the United States, and South America met on May 4th 2013 to present, review and discuss a wide-ranging body of data, concepts and read more

New research has highlighted a number of factors that may predispose youngsters to having a better chance of successful long-term treatment for their epilepsy. A team from the University of Turku in Finland looked into the clinical conditions associated with long-term cure for childhood-onset epilepsy, defined as at least five years of remission without needing antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). Following a read more

Epilepsy patients who experience regular seizures could be at greater risk of developing memory problems, according to a new study. Scientists at the University of Toulouse II-Le Mirail looked at 71 patients with unilateral mesial temporal epilepsy, some of whom experienced weekly seizures, others monthly. The aim was to establish whether seizure frequency has an impact on memory impairment, even read more

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