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
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
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
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
More needs to be done to address the misconceptions and stigmatisation that exist around epilepsy in Western countries, according to a new report.
A new algorithm developed by computer scientists and mathematicians has shown potential to help predict and warn people with epilepsy against imminent seizures.
Medical staff could be doing more to help patients cope with the stress and anxiety that can often accompany caring for children with epilepsy.
Using a wrist accelerometer linked to an online database could be a more effective method of monitoring seizure trends among people 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
A new UK study has highlighted the need for more research into the impact that the use of different terms to describe people with epilepsy can have on them.
A new study has shed light on some of the key factors that can lead to social difficulties for adults with childhood-onset 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
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
Doctors need to be better educated on potential SUDEP prevention strategies in order to encourage them to speak more openly to epilepsy patients about the risks it poses, according to a new study.
A new study involving relatives of patients affected by SUDEP has indicated that more needs to be done to educate people with epilepsy about the condition.
A new UK study has shed light on the current pros and cons of using seizure detection technology in the management of epilepsy. Led by the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, the research analysed existing studies to review the quality of evidence supporting the use of these devices, which offer the potential to detect seizures and to help prevent injury read more
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
A new systematic review of current epilepsy guidelines has highlighted a number of gaps that need to be addressed.
A series of new studies have shed new light on the relationship between epilepsy and ageing, offering insights into life with the condition in the long term.