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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

Re-cap from earlier Neurons usually communicate with each other using chemicals known as neurotransmitters, which are either excitatory (meaning the next neuron ‘fires’) or inhibitory (meaning the next neuron stays silent). The main excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters in the brain are called glutamate and GABA respectively, and there must be a fine balance between the two for normal function to read more

Fish oil-derived omega-3 fatty acids are able to suppress epileptic activity in the brains of rats when administered as a long-term dietary supplement, according to a new study. Researchers from the Autonomous University of Zacatecas and University of Guadalajara, Mexico, whose report appears in Epilepsy and Behavior this month, fed female Wistar rats a fish oil supplement through mating, gestation, read more

Children with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome – a rare, often drug-resistant form of epilepsy – can be effectively treated by switching to a low-carb diet, according to a new report. Researchers from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences carried out a retrospective review of 25 paediatric patients diagnosed with the condition and switched to a modified Atkins diet between May 2009 read more

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