We are delighted to be the official charity of the British 10K London Run 2016. Taking place on Sunday 10 July this is a fantastic opportunity for us and you can join in and be a part of Team ERUK! Proudly wearing your green ERUK running vest you’ll run this 10K through the heart of London past some of the city’s read more
A new study has indicated that Mozart’s music could be useful in helping to reduce the cognitive impact of epilepsy. Led by the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, the research analysed the effect of playing the classical music to rodents with temporal lobe epilepsy, to see if it would affect their spatial cognition (their awareness, understanding and response read more
A new study has highlighted some of the specific issues that pregnant women with epilepsy face when seeking support to help cope with their condition. Conducted by the University of Toronto and published in the medical journal Seizure, the research involved semi-structured telephone interviews with 12 women with epilepsy during pregnancy and after childbirth. The women – who were aged read more
A new study has shown the potential benefits the antiepileptic drug (AED) rufinamide can provide in the treatment of drug-resistant epilepsy. The research from China’s Zhejiang Chinese Medical University reviewed data from five existing randomised controlled trials, to assess the clinical efficacy and safety of the drug. Information from a total of 1,512 people was analysed. Results published in the read more
A study in Germany has highlighted the positive and negative elements linked to the use of the antiepileptic drug (AED) retigabine. The research, led by University Hospital Bonn, assessed the clinical efficacy, adverse events and retention rates associated with the use of retigabine in adults with refractory focal epilepsy. The results are published in the medical journal Epilepsy & Behavior. Data collated from 195 people, read more
A new study involving relatives of patients affected by SUDEP has indicated that more needs to be done to educate people with epilepsy about the condition.
Children with epilepsy may be more likely to experience a deficiency in vitamin D, according to a new study. The research, conducted by South Korea’s Dankook University Hospital and published in the Annals of Paediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism, evaluated vitamin D status in a group of 198 children with epilepsy who were taking antiepileptic drugs. Of the group, a total read more
A new UK study has shed light on the current pros and cons of using seizure detection technology in the management of epilepsy. Led by the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, the research analysed existing studies to review the quality of evidence supporting the use of these devices, which offer the potential to detect seizures and to help prevent injury read more
Administering the recovery position when children lose consciousness from seizures could help reduce the likelihood of them needing to be admitted to hospital, a new study has shown.
A new study has demonstrated the potential cancer risk reduction associated with a certain class of antiepileptic drug (AED). The research, conducted at Kinki University, in Osaka, used a variety of different methods, algorithms and databases to explore whether or not the use of sodium channel-blocking AEDs is linked to a decreased risk of cancer. Data on more than 65 million ‘drug-reaction pairs’* read more
Valproate can have an impact on behavioural outcomes among children exposed to the antiepileptic drug in the womb, according to a new study.
The antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) levetiracetam and carbamazepine have demonstrated their usefulness in the treatment of partial seizures in a new study. Carried out by the Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre and Columbia Asia Hospital in Bangalore, the research aimed to compare the efficacy and safety of these drugs among patients with partial epilepsy. One group received treatment read more
A new study has shown how data concerning patient allergies could make it easier to tell the difference between epilepsy and psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES). Conducted by the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco, the research – published in the medical journal Epilepsy & Behavior – sheds light on a new way of identifying cases of PNES, read more
A new UK study has shown that people with epilepsy and with single seizures at presentation generally experience good long-term prognoses in terms of seizure control.
The antiepileptic drug brivaracetam has been approved in Europe for the treatment of partial-onset seizures with or without secondary generalisation.
The effectiveness of a ketogenic diet can be reliably gauged after three months, according to a new study.
A child’s socioeconomic status can affect their chances of receiving and benefiting from epilepsy surgery, according to a new study.
An international study has demonstrated the burden idiopathic generalised epilepsy can place on patients, as well as the potential for newer drugs to address the problem.
A new study has offered evidence of the effectiveness of intravenous lacosamide treatment for epilepsy in clinical practice.
A new study has highlighted the potentially significant long-term impact that absence epilepsy can have on mental processing. Absence epilepsy is characterised by seizures that involve the person staring blankly into space for a short period of time before returning to ‘normal’. These seizures can be so brief that they are sometimes not detected for months. Conducted by Akdeniz University in Turkey, read more