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A new study has shed light on a potential link between the abnormal buildup of fluid in the lungs and sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). Published in the medical journal Seizure, the research aimed to investigate the incidence of post-seizure lung fluid accumulation – postictal pulmonary oedema – following generalised tonic clonic seizures. Chest X-rays following each seizure were read more

A new study has underlined the positive impact the drug lacosamide can have on paediatric patients with treatment-resistant epilepsy. The antiepileptic drug (AED) has demonstrated its efficacy as an adjunctive therapy for focal seizures in adult placebo-controlled trials, but there is currently a relative lack of data on its effectiveness and tolerability in treatment-resistant epilepsy in childhood (TREC). Carried out read more

New research from Germany has offered a fresh insight into the comparative performance of a number of different antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). Led by Johannes Gutenberg University, the trial was conducted between January 2007 and August 2011 across 47 ambulatory or hospital sites in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and included data from 359 patients. The aim was to compare the effectiveness read more

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Epilepsy, led by MPs Laura Sandys and Cheryl Gillan, has secured a backbench debate on epilepsy in the House on Thursday 26 February from 2pm to 5pm. The debate will be wide-ranging covering many of the issues that affect people with epilepsy such as: health services, education, benefits, employment, stigma etc. We urge you to contact read more

Medical professionals need to pay greater attention to the experiences of adolescents with epilepsy making the transition to adult care. A new study from the Netherlands, published in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior, has highlighted the fact that this transition can often lead to the patient in question becoming prone to emotional, mental, physical and social developmental difficulties, resulting in read more

The Medicines and Healthcare Regulation Authority (MHRA) is actively encouraging people to report – via the Yellow Card Scheme – any adverse effects when they switch between different versions of an anti-epileptic drug (AED). This comes in response to a tremendous push by epilepsy-related organisations for the potential problems of drug switching to be recognised. If you have experienced adverse read more

Scientists in the US have discovered a novel compound that curtails temporal lobe epilepsy, a form of the condition traditionally thought to respond only to neurosurgery. Researchers at Louisiana State University studied the onset of temporal lobe seizures in mice, noting that small ‘microseizures’ often occured in the run-up to an epileptic episode. Published in PLOS ONE, their report described read more

Researchers from Australia and the US have developed an algorithm capable of predicting epileptic seizures with an unprecedented 82 per cent success rate. This is according to the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), which announced the results of the American Epilepsy Society Seizure Detection Challenge last week (January 20th). The competition was launched with the goal of improving seizure read more

Scientists from the US have announced the discovery of the enzymatic mechanism responsible for preventing Lafora disease, a fatal, neurodegenerative form of epilepsy. Since 1998, it has been known that Lafora disease is caused by mutations in the laforin gene. These mutations prevent the gene from modifying human glycogen and thereby preventing neurodegeneration – a mechanism that has never before read more

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