Living with epilepsy

Epilepsy ‘affects health-related quality of life’

Posted 11 Mar 2011 in Living with epilepsy

A new epilepsy research study has found that people who are affected by epilepsy have a lower health-related quality of life (HRQOL) than people without it. According to researchers in Italy, age and duration of epilepsy were significant negative predictors of the overall Epi-QoL score. The age at onset of the condition was also found to be a significant positive read more

Epilepsy patients ‘worried about memory loss’

Posted 9 Mar 2011 in Living with epilepsy

Memory loss is a concern for people affected by epilepsy, according to a research study into the condition. The survey, which was conducted by James McAuley, associate professor of pharmacy practice and neurology at Ohio State University, found that people with epilepsy are often more concerned than their doctors about losing their memories. He explained that the study found memory read more

Childhood-onset epilepsy linked to substantial risk of death

Posted 2 Feb 2011 in Living with epilepsy

A new study has come to the conclusion that those who are affected by childhood-onset epilepsy have a substantial risk of dying due to the condition. Research funded by a grant from the Finnish Epilepsy Research Foundation by the departments of paediatric neurology and public health at the University of Turku and Turku University Hospital found that sudden, unexplained death read more

Chopin ‘believed to have had epilepsy’

Posted 25 Jan 2011 in Living with epilepsy

One of the most famous composers of classical music of all time may have been affected by epilepsy, according to new research. Frederic Chopin's regular hallucinations may have been caused by the condition, the study, published in journal Medical Humanities, suggests. Dr Manuel Varquez Caruncho and his team stated that they cannot make a diagnosis for certain as they are read more

Diary app launched to help with epilepsy treatment

Posted 17 Jan 2011 in Living with epilepsy

Epilepsy treatment has received a boost with the launch of a new smartphone app which has been designed to be used by patients. The Epilepsy Therapy Project Clinical Organizer, which is available for free, runs on the Android operating system and has been created in order to improve relations between people affected by epilepsy and their doctors. Warren Lammert, chairman read more

Researcher links epilepsy with higher mortality rate

Posted 6 Jan 2011 in Living with epilepsy

New epilepsy research has indicated that people diagnosed with the condition face a greater risk of death from any cause. Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society, Danish neurologist Dr Jakob Christensen said the mortality rate is highest among patients diagnosed with epilepsy in the first year of life. His study was based on a large cohort read more

‘More funding needed’ for global epilepsy research

Posted 31 Dec 2010 in Living with epilepsy

More funding is needed if researchers are to develop further treatments for epilepsy, it has been claimed. Medical writer Sy Kraft expressed his belief that many researchers are currently forced to analyse data which is up to 50 years old and more recent studies are needed to help further out understanding of epilepsy. He wrote on Medical News Today: "Epilepsy, read more

Depression treatments can improve epilepsy patient’s quality of life

Posted 29 Nov 2010 in Living with epilepsy

Two depression treatments have been found to help improve epilepsy patient's quality of life. Researchers at US-based institution Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found that community-based treatments and online tools can reduce depression symptoms in those affected by epilepsy. CDC's Managing Epilepsy Well Network, which includes a range of representatives from US care organisations, studied the impact read more

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