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The University of Exeter and partners are inviting people with epilepsy and their carers to take part in a half-day workshop, in which they will  have the opportunity to share their experiences with researchers. The input provided by the attendees will be used help shape future research into the diagnosis of epilepsy. The event, which is supported by the Wellcome Trust, will take read more

New research from the US has shed light on the various demographic, clinical and psychosocial traits that can create a greater feeling of stigmatisation among epilepsy patients. The University of Florida study involved a direct survey of 182 patients at an epilepsy centre, making use of the Epilepsy Stigma Scale as an assessment tool. Results were published in the medical read more

New research has suggested the existence of distinct neuropsychological profiles that can be associated with youngsters affected by juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) and their siblings. Carried out by researchers based in Manchester, Liverpool and Edinburgh, the study involved 22 sibling pairs and aimed to examine traits most frequently associated with executive dysfunction in patients with JME compared with a sibling read more

A new study has shown how hemispherotomy procedures can have a positive impact on language development in certain epilepsy patients. The Medical University Wien study aimed to investigate language development and to evaluate prognostic factors for favourable outcomes among 28 children and adolescents who successfully underwent vertical perithalamic hemispherotomies. According to results published in the medical journal Seizure, significant gains read more

We are delighted to announce that ERUK Trustee, Professor Helen Cross, has received an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list for her services to children with epilepsy. Professor Cross is The Prince of Wales’s Chair of Childhood Epilepsy and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Neurologyat University College London Institute of Child Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Young Epilepsy. She has published read more

A new report has indicated that the ketogenic diet can be used successfully in combination with corticosteroids for the treatment of epileptic encephalopathies. The study, published in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior, saw 42 consecutive patients given oral steroids plus the ketogenic diet for epileptic conditions such as West syndrome and encephalopathy with continuous spike-waves in slow sleep (CSWS). A read more

A US study has offered evidence of the relative infrequency of treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAE) associated with the use of the antiepileptic drug (AED) perampanel. For this review, published in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior, results from three phase III studies were pooled in order to analyse the time to onset and duration of the most common adverse events. The read more

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