Living with epilepsy

Headaches related to mood problems in people with epilepsy

A new study has shed light on the relationship between headaches and mood disturbances in people with epilepsy. Carried out by Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, in Seoul, the research examined the nature and prevalence of headaches in people with epilepsy, and explored their correlation with mood problems. The findings are published in the medical journal Epilepsy & Behavior. During the study, a total read more

Study shows that SUDEP doesn’t always come after a seizure

Posted 27 May 2016 in Living with epilepsy

Scientists at the US Case Medical Centre, in Ohio, have shown for the first time that sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) can occur even when a seizure has not taken place. This is a highly significant finding, and it suggests that seizure detection devices may not be the most effective tools for prevention. SUDEP is the sudden death of a person with epilepsy for read more

Fixation on ‘normality’ creates mental issues for people with epilepsy

Posted 25 May 2016 in Living with epilepsy / Other treatments

New UK research has shed light on the potentially negative impact the “burden of normality” can have on the mental outlook of people with epilepsy. Led by St James’ Hospital in Leeds, the study aimed to explore the relationship between psychosocial characteristics prior to epilepsy surgery and quality-of-life outcomes following the operation, with the goal of identifying risk factors for poor read more

Different contraceptives ‘can affect seizure frequency in different ways’

According to study in Boston, the majority of women with epilepsy who use contraception experience no change in their seizures, but for those who do, the effect seen may depend both on the type of contraception that they are using and the antiepileptic drug (AED) that they are taking. During the study, the largest of its kind to date, the researchers analysed read more

Patients and carers highlight important epilepsy trial outcomes

Posted 29 Apr 2016 in Living with epilepsy

A new study has outlined the measures that people with epilepsy and their carers consider most important when carrying out clinical trials of epilepsy. For this research, led by the University of Liverpool, 352 people with epilepsy and 263 of their ‘informal carers’ (usually a parent/spouse) were presented with ten outcome areas and asked to rate their importance. They were also asked read more

Teaching secondary school students about epilepsy ‘can improve attitudes’

Posted 1 Mar 2016 in Living with epilepsy

Attitudes towards and awareness of epilepsy can be improved by teaching high school students about the condition, according to new research from Austria. The study, led by the University of Graz, aimed to investigate the knowledge and beliefs surrounding epilepsy of a group of students between the ages of 14 and 17, before developing and trialling an educational programme to improve their knowledge and read more

Parents face challenges when discussing epilepsy with their children

Posted 25 Feb 2016 in Epilepsy in children / Living with epilepsy

New research has highlighted the challenges faced by parents of children with epilepsy when discussing the condition. The small study, led by Dublin City University, saw 34 parents of children with epilepsy questioned about the difficulties they experienced when talking to them about epilepsy and other related issues. The discussions were then analysed using standard qualitative methods. The results of the analyses, which read more

Different relationship styles ‘can affect epilepsy-related mood disorders’

Posted 29 Dec 2015 in Living with epilepsy

People with different mental approaches to handling a relationship tend to experience epilepsy-related mood disorders in different ways. This is according to a new study led by the St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London, which aimed to investigate attachment styles in adult patients with epilepsy as compared to those with migraines, and potential factors correlating with a read more

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