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A new study has highlighted some of the difficulties that patients and caregivers are having in determining the difference between seizures that are related to epilepsy and those that are not. Conducted at the Universidade de Sao Paulo, the study assessed 24 adult patients with comorbid epilepsy and psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) in order to gauge whether they and their read more

A new UK study has shed light on the elevated risk of injury experienced by children and young adults with epilepsy. Led by the University of Nottingham and funded by the National Institute for Health Research, the research revealed that those affected by the condition are more likely to suffer broken bones, burns and poisonings than those who do not. read more

A new clinical definition for epilepsy has been devised by an expert task force with the aim of making the condition easier to diagnose and treat. Published in the medical journal Epilepsia on behalf of the International League Against Epilepsy, the new definition provides a greater level of detail to diagnose epilepsy than the previous guidelines, which were laid down read more

Healthcare professionals need to adopt a wider outlook on the factors underpinning anxiety and depression in epilepsy patients, according to new Australian research. Carried out by La Trobe University in Victoria, the study looked at data from the 2010 Australian Epilepsy Longitudinal Survey in order to better understand the mechanisms causing mental problems in this group. Key influencing factors for read more

The importance of offering proper support to those tasked with looking after young epilepsy patients has been underlined by a new study. Conducted by a team at the Medical University of South Carolina, the research involved conversations with four focus groups of caregivers of young people with epilepsy, in order to better understand their experience of looking after the children. read more

A new study has demonstrated the potential benefits of a technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in the treatment and diagnosis of epilepsy. The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki-led research reviewed a number of recent papers showing how TMS can be used to track distinct changes in brain activity patterns associated with the condition. TMS involves the use of magnetic fields read more

Continued studies of the genetic causes of epilepsy are helping to revolutionise the way the condition is treated, according to a new study. Led by Professor Ingrid Scheffer at the University of Melbourne, the Neuropediatrics-published paper has analysed the impact of epilepsy genetics studies on clinical practice in the last 19 years. It noted that scientists are now able to read more

A new study has underlined the potential importance of encouraging children with epilepsy to engage in social activities alongside youngsters who do not have the condition. Published in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior, the study assessed participation in out-of-school activities among 56 children aged between six and 11 years, including 26 children with childhood-onset primary generalised epilepsy and 30 youngsters read more

A new study from Europe has underlined the potential benefits that the drug perampanel can offer to patients affected by partial-onset seizures as a result of epilepsy. Published in the medical journal Epilepsy Research, the study involved real-life data from 281 patients in Germany and Austria, where the drug has been available since 2012 for patients with partial-onset seizures from read more

European scientists have carried out a study into the way epilepsy affects the body at a molecular level, offering new insight into potential future treatment pathways. A team from the Max Delbruck Centre for Molecular Medicine Berlin-Buch used an animal model to observe how the body’s glycine receptor is affected by intractable temporal lobe epilepsy, one of the most common read more

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, who has been a trustee of ERUK since 2004 today said: “Raising awareness of conditions like epilepsy is incredibly important and events like Purple Day can make a huge contribution in how we treat and think about the issue. The NHS is striving to make real improvements to get people with long-term conditions the care read more

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