Artificial Intelligence is increasingly being used to make real inroads in the medical field. Now neurologists from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) have used artificial intelligence to develop a technique which may eventually help both patients and doctors weigh up the pros and cons of using brain surgery to treat debilitating seizures caused by epilepsy. Although the number read more
Professor Jurgen Knoblich, a molecular biologist at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna is confident that the way to cost effectively test drugs for incurable neurological conditions is to use human brain tissue. To date most new drugs are initially tested on animal models and although the animals are specifically bred to show read more
Drug-resistant epilepsy is thought to affect about 30% of people with epilepsy, which is more than 200,000 people nationwide. Now new research has suggested that a protein found in a type of worm could help to reduce the number of epileptic seizures experienced by people whose epilepsy remains uncontrolled. At the moment the findings have only been witnessed in animal read more
The ketogenic diet (which is high in protein and low in carbohydrate) has been used for a very long time to treat seizures in people with refractory epilepsy. However no-one has been entirely clear as to why it may be able to help reduce the number and severity of seizures. Now new research suggests that the diet may influence the read more
Antiepileptic medication controls seizures for the majority of people with epilepsy however between 30-40% of people will not respond to this medication and will not achieve seizure freedom. Researchers are therefore always looking for new compounds that could potentially treat epilepsy and in order to find new leads they have now started to look at the sea as a unique read more
Despite its wide-reaching effects, epilepsy is often overlooked as a public health concern which is why three years ago, in 2015, the World Health Organisation (WHO) passed a resolution encouraging countries to prioritise epilepsy and at the same time established a three-year reporting period to track progress. The three year term is set to expire this year, in 2018, which read more
New advances in treating status epilepticus are helping to reduce mortality rates associated with the condition in England and Wales. A recent study, led by Queen Mary University of London and University College London, reviewed data from the Office of National Statistics and offered evidence that early treatment of this dangerous condition could improve outcomes. Status epilepticus is characterised by read more
A new study has demonstrated some of the key priorities that ought to be considered when designing neuropsychiatry services for people with epilepsy. Led by the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Aston University, this research examined data from 60 patients with epilepsy referred to and assessed within a neuropsychiatry setting, to gauge their needs. Services like read more
A new government report has raised concerns about inconsistencies in the quality of care for neurological conditions in England.
A new UK study has shown that people with epilepsy and with single seizures at presentation generally experience good long-term prognoses in terms of seizure control.
An international study has demonstrated the burden idiopathic generalised epilepsy can place on patients, as well as the potential for newer drugs to address the problem.
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
Vagus nerve stimulation can help to reduce the financial burden associated with secondary care among children and adults with epilepsy, according to a new study.
A new English study has shed light on the substantial health, education and social care costs of school-aged children with active epilepsy
A new global registry has sheds light on current patterns and strategies involved in the treatment of status epilepticus.
A new national audit of seizure management in UK hospitals has demonstrated variations in the standard of NHS epilepsy care.
European epilepsy monitoring units need to implement a more standardised model of dealing with adverse effects among epilepsy patients, according to a new study.
A new study has shed further light on the link between social deprivation and a higher risk of epilepsy.
More needs to be done to prevent hospital crossover among patients in epilepsy in order to minimise the unnecessary use of resources, according to a new study.