On 26 March 2015 our Research Manager, Delphine van der Pauw, attended the Young Epilepsy Champions Awards, at City Hall in London. This is an annual event that recognises and celebrates the achievements of young people with epilepsy, and of people who have gone above and beyond to make their lives better. Approximately 300 people attended this year’s Oscar-style evening, and read more
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Although children with neurological conditions are more at risk of flu complications, they are no more likely to be vaccinated by youngsters without such disorders, according to new research.
A new study has indicated that the antiepileptic drug (AED) topiramate could have some negative cognitive side effects for epilepsy patients who are affected by intellectual disabilities (ID). Observational research carried out by the Bethel Epilepsy Centre and Society for Epilepsy Research in Germany aimed to establish whether the drug causes cognitive adverse events among patients in this group. Topiramate read more
A new study has demonstrated the potential benefits of self-management interventions for adults with epilepsy. The Australian Catholic University and University of Melbourne have conducted an integrative review of 14 existing studies to systematically identify and appraise research that reported findings related to the effectiveness of epilepsy self-management. Currently, interventions such as educational programmes and lifestyle management education are not read more
A new study has reinforced the long-term benefits of paediatric epilepsy surgery, as well as the changing profiles of surgery candidates over time.
A new US study has provided further evidence of the impact that the menstrual cycle can have on seizure patterns among women with epilepsy. The purpose of this research, led by the Harvard Neuroendocrine Unit, was to determine whether seizure frequency and cycle days with seizure occurrence vary across the menstrual cycle. A total of 100 women with intractable focal read more
A new study has demonstrated the benefits that low to moderate doses of the drug oxcarbazepine can offer to adult patients with newly-diagnosed partial epilepsy. Published in the medical journal Seizure, the research involved a retrospective review of an epilepsy database from the Epilepsy Clinic of West China Hospital between 2010 and 2014. A total of 102 adult patients treated read more
Socioeconomic deprivation in children with epilepsy could be associated with a greater susceptibility to behavioural problems, according to a new study. The University of Edinburgh research enrolled the parents of 87 children attending a specialist epilepsy clinic, who were invited to complete a child behaviour checklist questionnaire, which was then cross-checked against medical and sociodemographic data. According to results published read more
New genetic research has yielded a fresh insight into the biological mechanisms behind paediatric seizure disorders.
A new national audit of seizure management in UK hospitals has demonstrated variations in the standard of NHS epilepsy care.
A new study has demonstrated the potential quality of life (QOL) benefits associated with targeted responsive neurostimulation. The controlled double-blinded trial of responsive neurostimulation in 191 patients with medically resistant focal epilepsy was led by Stanford University, and saw subjects receive either neurostimulation or placebo treatment for four months, before all patients were treated and followed for two years. According read more
A new study has highlighted the potential benefits of using non-intravenous midazolam as a means of treating status epilepticus. The review of existing research was carried out by the University of Verona in Italy to determine if non-intravenous midazolam is as effective and safe as intravenous or rectal diazepam in terminating early status epilepticus seizures in children and adults. After read more
Epilepsy patients are more likely to experience cognitive development issues if they are obese, according to a new study. The University College London-led study explored the relationship between obesity and cognitive underfunction in people with medically intractable epilepsy, with a total of 81 patients admitted for evaluation for medically intractable epilepsy undergoing tests of memory and intellectual function. According to read more
A new study has indicated that epilepsy patients may need to do more to improve their bone health and protect themselves against osteoporosis. The State University of New Jersey study aimed to assess the prevalence of risk factors for osteoporosis in people with epilepsy, as well as patients’ awareness of their risk and their engagement in osteoprotective behaviours. A total read more
Children with epilepsy could be at a higher risk for developing symptoms of anxiety and depression if they experience frequent seizures, according to a new study. The University of Western Ontario research, published in the medical journal Epilepsia, assessed the long-term outcomes of anxiety and depressive symptoms following paediatric epilepsy surgery. A total of 73 surgical patients and 40 nonsurgical read more
A North American study has indicated that medical professionals need to pay more attention to cognitive rehabilitation among epilepsy surgery patients. Led by Alberta Children’s Hospital and published in the medical journal Epilepsia, the research appraised existing evidence regarding cognitive rehabilitation approaches in epilepsy patients undergoing resective surgery to review the effectiveness of specific strategies. Of 2,059 citations identified, four read more
People who have lived with temporal lobe epilepsy for only a short time might achieve better post-surgical outcomes than those with longer disease durations, according to a new study. Published in Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria – the official journal of the Brazilian Academy of Neurology – the research aimed to investigate the influence of a patient’s age and seizure onset on read more
Adolescents with epilepsy are more likely to experience seizures in public places if they are affected by high levels of anxiety and depression. This is according to a study published in the Brazilian Academy of Neurology’s Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria, which assessed depression and anxiety symptoms among adolescents with epilepsy compared with those without epilepsy. A total of 50 subjects attending read more
A new study has shed light on the various factors affecting the development of patient-reported cognitive side effects of antiepileptic drugs.
Specific gene mutations existing only in the brain have been identified as possible causes of intractable epilepsy.