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Preventing damage caused by status epilepticus

Posted 23 May 2017 in Brain science; genetics

A new intranasal spray could prevent damage caused by status epilepticus, according to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Status epilepticus (SE) is a prolonged seizure (lasting more than five minutes) that requires urgent treatment and hospital admission. If not ended quickly, just one episode can lead to neuronal death, cognitive impairment and memory loss, read more

Improving drug therapies through more effective targeting

New research from the University of Liverpool, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, has identified a protein that could help patients with epilepsy respond more positively to drug therapies. There is now increasing body of evidence showing that local inflammation in the brain may be important in preventing control of seizures. Inflammation refers to the process by which the read more

2017 Epilepsy Research Awards announced at the Royal Society

On Monday Epilepsy Research UK announced the recipients of its 2017 grants at a reception at the Royal Society in London. The event was attended by Epilepsy Research UK supporters and researchers and is an annual event which runs in National Epilepsy Week. As well as celebrating the new grants, the organisation was also recognising the contribution of the Fund read more

Professor Helen Cross is announced as new President of Epilepsy Research UK

Epilepsy Research UK is proud and pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Helen Cross as President of the organisation.  Professor Cross has long been involved in the organisation being Chair of Trustees between 2005 and 2011.  We are delighted that Professor Cross has now agreed to be President of the organisation. About Professor Cross Professor Helen Cross is The read more

Why do some images cause seizures while others do not?

A new study has investigated why it is that some images can cause seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy while other images don’t. We know that in people with photosensitive epilepsy, flashing lights can cause seizures. The impact of such provocative visuals can be quite staggering. In 1997, for example, a certain Pokémon episode triggered seizures in 685 people in read more

People with epilepsy frequently suffer from anxiety and depression but we are not sure why

Posted 8 May 2017 in Living with epilepsy

A recent study at the University of Sydney has looked into the prevalence of depression and anxiety disorders in people with epilepsy. The study, carried out by Dr Louise Sharpe and colleagues, was a meta-analysis and looked at 27 previously-published research papers on the subject. Dr Sharpe said: “It is often thought that depression is more common than anxiety in read more

Computer technology increasingly important in study of epilepsy

Posted 5 May 2017 in Brain science; genetics / Other treatments

Two recently published studies show just how important the use of computer technology and modelling have become in the study of epilepsy. A study being carried out at Newcastle University is using a brain model to explore the cause of different epileptic seizure onset patterns. According to the study, at the onset of an epileptic seizure, differing characteristics of brain read more

A thank you to West Lancashire Golf Club Ladies Captain Jackie Bickerstaffe

Posted 4 May 2017 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

Following a very successful Lady Captain’s Charity Evening on 11th March, a cheque for £4,858 was presented to Dr. Graeme Sills, Chairman of Epilepsy Research UK last weekend at the West Lancashire Golf Club. Last year’s Ladies’ Captain Jackie Bickerstaffe introduced Dr. Sills to some of the main helpers at the fundraising event and presented the cheque totalling £4,858. She read more

New US Guidelines on sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP)

Posted 26 Apr 2017 in Living with epilepsy / Uncategorized

New guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology and the American Epilepsy Society, titled “Practice guideline: Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy incidence rates and risk factors” were presented at the 2017 American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting currently being held in Boston, Massachusetts.  At the same time they were published in the journal Neurology. Guidelines author Dr Cynthia Harden said “Our read more

London Marathon 2017

Yesterday was my first London Marathon cheering on runners for Epilepsy Research UK as CEO of the charity. The whole event was inspirational and the effort that all of the runners made was fantastic. Until you have stood and watched people running at the 24 mile mark, you do not appreciate the effort involved. I was and still am stunned. read more

Brighton Marathon 2017

Posted 24 Apr 2017 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

Our runners and supporters provide us with a non-stop feeling of inspiration. The effort to run a marathon is immense and we thank all of our runners and the people who turn up to support them. If you could not be there, here is some video of Brighton 2017.

Stress associated with an increased risk of recurrent seizures in adults.

Posted 20 Apr 2017 in Living with epilepsy

Researchers at Columbia University in New York have conducted research which shows an association between stress and an increase in recurrent seizures in adults.  Recognising that there is a limited amount of research on the relationship between epilepsy and stressors, depression and anxiety disorders the researchers wanted to see if such a link existed. The researchers recruited patients from a read more

Exercise your free Will

Posted 19 Apr 2017 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

Leaving a legacy in your will to help fund research into the causes and treatment of epilepsy could have a lasting impact.  Epilepsy Research UK funds a wide range of research projects each year and we could not do that without the contributions of our supporters.  Legacies are an important part of our income and underpin some of our most read more

Research in US shows that cannabis compound may halve seizures for patients with severe epilepsy

Posted 19 Apr 2017 in Other treatments

Researchers from the Ohio State University have found that individuals with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS) who took cannabidiol every day for 14 weeks saw the frequency of atonic seizures fall by more than 50 percent. LGS is one of the most severe forms of epilepsy. The condition involves multiple types of seizures, including tonic, atonic, atypical absence, and myoclonic. Atonic seizures, read more

Managing Seizures in Post-Stroke Epilepsy of Paramount Importance to Reduce Death Rates

Posted 7 Apr 2017 in Living with epilepsy

Epilepsy seems to be a contributing cause of death when it develops following a stroke according to a study published in the scientific journal PLOS One. It is therefore of great importance to carefully manage seizures in people with post-stroke epilepsy. It is known that in people with post-stroke epilepsy, seizures occur in conjunction with vascular disease but it is read more

Fundraiser Simon Osborn claims to be “more mixed grill than Bear Grylls” as he gets ready to walk 184 miles of the River Thames

Epilepsy Research UK supporter and fundraiser Simon Osborn is training hard to get ready for a mammoth task.  Simon is walking the entire length of the River Thames.  The walk is a massive 184 miles.  Simon, who has epilepsy himself, is walking most of the way on his own and he expects the whole walk to take around 10 days. read more

Stress Reduction May Lower Risk of Seizures Review Article Affirms

Posted 4 Apr 2017 in Living with epilepsy

Adopting stress reduction techniques may lower the risk of epileptic seizures, according to a review article published in the scientific journal Seizure.  The relationship between stress and epileptic seizures has been studied for many years and a number of scientific studies looking at this relationship have been published. Scientists have shown that stress can, not only increase the risk of read more

Taking a “Selfie” Could Trigger Seizure-Like Activity in the Brain, Case Study Suggests

Posted 30 Mar 2017 in Living with epilepsy

Taking “selfies” may trigger seizure-like activities in the brain, suggests a case study published in the scientific journal Seizure. The authors of the study Dr Paula Brna and Elizabeth Gordon at Dalhousie University in Canada suggest that taking “selfies” may represent a new area of caution for people with photosensitive epilepsies. While conducting a routine assessment of epilepsy in young read more

Childhood-Onset Epilepsy Could Be Linked to Accelerated Brain Ageing

Posted 29 Mar 2017 in Epilepsy in children

Childhood-onset epilepsy could be associated with accelerated brain ageing, according to a new study published in JAMA Neurology. According to the authors, childhood onset epilepsy could therefore be considered a neurobiological predisposition to cognitive disorders in later life. In order to determine whether adults with a history of childhood-onset epilepsy have an increased risk of accelerated cognitive impairment in later read more

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