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Everest Base Camp trek for epilepsy research

Posted 21 Jun 2018 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

In September, committed ERUK supporter Nathan Liptrot will embark on a 17-day trek to Everest Base Camp and is raising funds for Epilepsy Research UK. Here, Nathan tells is about his reasons for choosing Epilepsy Research UK and the details of his forthcoming challenge; “The idea of the challenge started almost 2 years ago when I saw an advert on read more

Cannabidiol shows promise alongside conventional epilepsy medication in Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome

Posted 20 Jun 2018 in Epilepsy in children / Other treatments

The use of medical cannabis to treat seizures has been in the news a lot this week due to the current case involving 12-year old Billy Caldwell. Last month, a study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine on the results of a clinical trial of the effects of Cannabidiol on drop seizures in Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Lennox-Gastaut syndrome read more

Does epilepsy surgery offer long term benefits?

Although epilepsy surgery has been used to treat epilepsy that does not respond to medication for many years now, little is known about its long term success. Now researchers in the UK have looked at the improvement rates long term. Antiepileptic medication helps approximately 70% of people diagnosed with epilepsy but ‘hard to treat’ or intractable epilepsy affects the remaining read more

Brain activity responsible for absence seizures identified

An international team of researchers led by Professor Crunelli at Cardiff University have identified the brain activity that results in absence seizures. Absence epilepsy is the most common form of epilepsy in children and teenagers and causes periods of little or no awareness and can be mistaken for what looks like ‘daydreaming’ to the casual observer, but which is in read more

Re-purposing existing drugs for the treatment of epilepsy

Posted 11 Jun 2018 in Epilepsy and its causes / Epilepsy general

It is thought that between 30-40% of people with epilepsy have what is termed ‘refractory epilepsy’ as it is not controlled by current medication.  Seizures are the result of alterations in the balance in the excitatory and inhibitory electrical signals in the brain.  Precisely what causes these alterations is unclear.  But now French researchers from INSERM have recently published papers read more

Is the brainstem implicated in epilepsy?

People with epilepsy often complain about cognitive problems such as memory impairment and lack of concentration and focus.  This is particularly the case with patients diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy who also frequently lose consciousness.  Because seizures typically originate in the temporal lobe or other areas in the cortex of the brain (the surface of the structure rather than deep read more

Autism and epilepsy

Early life epileptic seizures have been linked to autism and other disorders, but precisely why this relationship exists is not entirely clear. What has been known for some time is that there are critical periods in the development of the young brain and seizures can disrupt this, leading to learning and cognition issues. Now, Frances Jensen, a Professor of Neurology read more

New research shines a light on the ketogenic diet

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

Could leakage in the blood brain barrier lead to seizures?

Posted 29 May 2018 in Epilepsy and its causes

Recent research findings have suggested that although one of the causes of epilepsy is a dysfunction in the brain’s neurons leading to increased electrical activity in the brain that temporarily affect how it works, another possible cause may be leakage in the blood brain barrier which could lead to seizures. The blood brain barrier typically lets nutrients into the brain read more

Could there be a link between hypertension and epilepsy?

Posted 25 May 2018 in Epilepsy and its causes / Uncategorized

What might link hypertension (high blood pressure), epilepsy and an overactive bladder? According to Jianmin Cui, professor of biomedical engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, at the University of Washington, St Louis, these conditions may be linked by electrical activity in a specific protein. In collaboration with other laboratories at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University read more

Could a fungus in the Red Sea lead to new epilepsy treatments

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

Call for global action and renewed momentum on epilepsy

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 hope for the treatment of intractable epilepsy

Posted 7 May 2018 in Brain science; genetics / Other treatments

Although the majority of people diagnosed with epilepsy will have their seizures controlled with medication a significant number of people will not respond satisfactorily to any current treatment.  We know that many seizures in severe forms of epilepsy originate in the hippocampus of the brain. Researchers from Lund University in Sweden have shown that they were able to reduce seizures read more

Where to place electrodes in advance of brain surgery?

Brain surgery is clearly an extremely difficult and precise procedure.  In advance of surgery for patients with intractable epilepsy doctors have to decide where to plant the electrodes so that they can precisely identify the part of the brain where the seizures originate.  The information gathered from these probes can then be used to remove or destroy the area in read more

ERUK collaborating with medical research charities to ensure research results are shared

Posted 1 May 2018 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

AMRC Open Research is a new platform for rapid author-led publication and open peer review of research funded by AMRC member charities.  Epilepsy Research UK is one of 23 members of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) working in collaboration to develop and launch a joint publication platform, AMRC Open Research.  By removing traditional barriers and delays to publication, read more

Well done to Team ERUK at The London Marathon!

Posted 25 Apr 2018 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

Huge congratulations to our amazing London Marathon runners who took part in the hottest London Marathon on record Sunday – what a fantastic day! In total we had 9 runners take part, and the months of training certainly paid off as everyone reached the finish line.  We couldn’t be more proud and are truly grateful for all the hard work read more

Newcastle Meet a Researcher Event

Posted 25 Apr 2018 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

On Thursday 15th March Epilepsy Research UK went on tour to Newcastle to visit some of our regional researchers and supporters. Since 2009, Epilepsy Research UK has funded 4 research projects at Newcastle University, and so we were delighted at the opportunity to visit the Institute of Neuroscience to hear about some of their recent work. Speaking at the event read more

ERUK welcomes new regulations for use of epilepsy drug in women and girls of childbearing age

New regulations for the prescription of anti-epileptic drug have been introduced by the Medicines and Healthcare Regulation Authority (MHRA). Sodium valproate (also known as Epilim, Depakote, Epival, Episenta, and Convulex) can be prescribed for epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and migraine, can no longer be prescribed to women of childbearing age unless they are on a pregnancy prevention plan (PPP). The guidelines read more

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