ERUK Fellow Dr Murray Herd, from the University of Dundee, has discovered a new mode of signalling in neurons that may promote absence seizures. Introduction Absence seizures can occur between 20 and several hundred times per day, and they usually last between five and 20 seconds. During a seizure the person usually loses consciousness briefly; stops whatever they are doing; read more
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Two new studies have highlighted the effectiveness of surgical interventions in high-risk epilepsy patients.
New studies have shed light on the underlying cardiac abnormalities that could help to explain cases of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy.
A pair of new studies has highlighted genetic changes that account for a number of infantile and early childhood epilepsies.
An international crowdfunding competition has led to the development of new algorithms to help detect, predict and prevent epileptic seizures.
Agyness Deyn will bring epilepsy to the big screen on 12 December with the new film, ‘Electricity’. This compelling story shows the journey of young woman whose epilepsy fashions extraordinary hallucinations, as she searches for her missing brother. Here we give a review of how epilepsy is portrayed. Agyness Deyn’s performance as Lily, a young woman with drug resistant epilepsy who read more
A new epilepsy drug, brivaracetam, has shown promise as an adjunctive treatment for patients with partial-onset seizures.
A new report has shed light on the below-par system of care in place for convulsive refractory status epilepticus patients in the UK at present.
A new study has demonstrated a link between antiepileptic drug (AED) nonadherence and a higher risk of seizures in paediatric epilepsy patients. Carried out by the University of Cincinnati, the aim of the study was to determine sociodemographic, biological epilepsy-specific and adherence predictors of long-term paediatric seizure outcomes. It assessed a total of 109 patients over a two-year period, with read more
A small-scale trial has highlighted the potential benefits of a new form of computerised cognitive and behavioural screening in children with new-onset epilepsy.
Temporal lobe and brain volume can be predictive of seizure outcome following temporal lobe resection, according to new research.
Epilepsy scientists studying brain imagery could benefit from the advent of visualisation techniques that take advantage of stereoscopic 3D technology. A collaborative study between researchers in Chile, the US and Germany has examined the benefits of stereoscopic visualisation of clinical data, in comparison with traditional 3D rendering technique. Effective visualisation is a core element in exploring and comprehending brain imaging read more
A new Swedish study has underlined the fact that epilepsy surgery can be considered a safe, effective and low-risk procedure.
Electroencephalogram (EEG) scans could be a helpful tool in predicting and measuring the success of the ketogenic diet in treating epilepsy patients. A new study from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center aimed to identify predictors for clinical seizure reduction on the diet as it correlates with EEG data, reviewing data pertaining to 89 patients treated using the diet read more
A new study from Italy has shed further light on the elevated risk of mental and cognitive health decline as a result of childhood epilepsy. Published in the medical journal Minerva Pediatrica, the aim of this study was to describe the distribution, timing and risk factors for psychopathology in children with recent onset epilepsy, as well as to further examine read more
Psychological online interventions for depression can be effective in people with epilepsy, according to a study from Germany.
A new study has shed light on the close but often complex relationship between childhood epilepsy and sleep apnoea.
Findings from an Epilepsy Research UK-funded study. The temporal lobes of the brain play a crucial role in memory function; including episodic memory (memory for events) and semantic memory (memory for facts and concepts). In most people the left temporal lobe is the more dominant for verbal memories (involving words), and the right temporal lobe is more dominant for visual read more
People with various forms of drug-refractory epilepsy are commonly at risk of cognitive impairment, according to new research.
A new gene underlying progressive myoclonus epilepsy, a severe form of the condition, has been discovered by researchers.