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A new study has highlighted a trend towards better health-related behaviour among people diagnosed with epilepsy. Conducted by the University of Calgary, the research explored patterns of health-related behaviour, such as smoking and physical activity, in people with epilepsy in the Canadian population and examined whether these behaviours have changed between 2010 and 2011. The study included 522,722 participants, of read more

Epilepsy Research UK is supporting this one-day event at the University of Exeter Medical School, which aims to inform people from all backgrounds about a range of epilepsy topics. Perhaps you have or know someone who has epilepsy and you’d like to know more; or maybe you are a medical professional and you would like to brush up on your knowledge. read more

The significant impact that recurrent seizures can have on the quality of life of people with epilepsy has been demonstrated by a new study. Led by the University of Ulsan in South Korea, the research aimed to determine whether seizure recurrence has a negative impact on cognition, psychological function, and health-related quality of life over a 12-month period of monotherapy read more

A new study from England has indicated that vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) therapy could play a role in helping to reduce the cost of epilepsy care. Conducted by HCD Economics, the Neurosurgeon Royal Hallamshire Hospital,  University College Cork and the University of Chester, the research aimed to compare hospital service use before and after VNS therapy implantation in a sample read more

A new study has highlighted some of the risk factors for the development of reading disabilities among rolandic epilepsy patients. The research involved 108 patients with rolandic epilepsy and their 159 siblings from the US or UK, in order to assess whether an association between reading disabilities and seizure variables or antiepileptic drug treatment could be established. According to results read more

We have been asked by undergraduate students at Medway School of Pharmacy, in Kent, to promote a study they are conducting on the general public’s views about generic medicines.  They are particularly interested in your views on being given different brands of the same medicine from month to month, and whether you have any additional issues or worries about your medicines. If you are taking regular prescribed medicines, over read more

Principal Investigator: Professor Bethan Lang, University of Oxford 36-month project grant End date: 30 April 2016   Background In a previous project funded by Epilepsy Research UK, Professor Bethan Lang and colleagues showed that, among people with different types of epilepsy, many carried antibodies against certain brain proteins (these are known as autoantibodies because they attack the body’s own tissue). read more

The occurrence of anxiety and depression associated with epilepsy tends to vary depending on the patient’s gender, according to a new study. Carried out by Charite-Universitaetsmedizin Berlin and published in the medical journal Seizure, the aim of the study was to analyse if men and women with epilepsy differ with regard to anxiety and depressive symptoms, and to identify possible read more

A new study has highlighted the need for better seizure detection and classification technologies to aid decision-making in epilepsy treatment. The Georgia Institute of Technology research collated interviews and data from neurologists, alongside a review of existing literature, and highlighted a strong need for better distinguishing between patients exhibiting generalised and partial seizure types, as well as more accurate seizure read more

Children with epilepsy who are consuming a ketogenic diet may not benefit from the use of the antiepileptic drug (AED) lamotrigine, according to a new study. Conducted by the Erasmus University Hospital Sophia Children’s Hospital and published in the medical journal Seizure, the purpose of the research was to elucidate relationships between efficacy of the ketogenic diet and use of read more

A questionnaire for parents of children at risk for epilepsy has demonstrated its effectiveness in a new study. The seizure questionnaire is designed to be administered by a trained research assistant in a two-step process, approximating the clinical diagnostic process of a paediatric epileptologist. It was used to study seizure prevalence in a research population of ten-year-old children at risk read more

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