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Epilepsy and mood disorders more common where a relative also has focal epilepsy

Posted 14 Feb 2018 in Epilepsy and mood disorders

Mood disorders seem to be more prevalent in people with epilepsy who have one or more relative with focal epilepsy.  The same is not true of those with relatives affected by generalised epilepsy.  The data was collected through interviews with the patients and their recall of events rather than through medical records.  The report also stated that mood disorders were read more

Many forms of epilepsy may share common neuroanatomical underpinnings

Posted 10 Feb 2018 in Epilepsy and its causes

The largest collaboration of its kind has found that although epilepsy has many forms, causes and symptoms, making it a very difficult condition to treat, there are many forms of epilepsy which share similar neuroanatomical underpinnings.  Thousands of brain scans from 24 research centres in 14 countries across Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia were analysed by the read more

Could you be allergic to phenytoin?

Posted 6 Feb 2018 in Anti-epileptic drugs

Finding the right drug to treat epilepsy is always going to be tricky but doctors will always want to prescribe the safest and most beneficial drug for each patient, and these will differ from individual to individual. In some cases the side effects may cause more harm to the patients than the seizures themselves and they may increase the likelihood read more

Could gentle brain stimulation improve memory?

Posted 2 Feb 2018 in Memory

  People with epilepsy often have memory problems.  In new research, a team from the Mayo clinic has investigated whether or not memory can be improved with gentle stimulation of various areas of the brain.  For the study, the research team recruited people with epilepsy undergoing evaluation for possible surgery to address their seizures.  These patients agreed to have their read more

Meet a Researcher – 15 March, Newcastle

Posted 1 Feb 2018 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

We are delighted to be hosting our second regional ‘Meet a Researcher’ evening in central Newcastle on Thursday 15 March from 6 – 8pm. The evening will give you the chance to find out a bit more about us, and hear from a couple of our funded researchers who will talk about their research and how it’s been progressing. It read more

Subtle differences found in the brains of people diagnosed with epilepsy

Posted 31 Jan 2018 in Brain science; genetics

New research led by University College London Hospital (UCLH) and the Keck School of Medicine of USC has identified physical differences in the brains of those with epilepsy, compared to those who do not have the condition.   In the largest ever neuro-imaging study of people with epilepsy, the researchers found that the brains of those with epilepsy exhibited a reduction read more

Brain training can significantly reduce the number of seizures

Posted 25 Jan 2018 in Living with epilepsy

Groundbreaking research carried out in the UK has shown that the number and frequency of seizures can be reduced by training the brain to be more alert.  For the majority of people diagnosed with epilepsy, seizures will be controlled by a drug regime but for approximately 30-40%, their seizures will be resistant to medication and will remain poorly controlled.  For read more

Introducing Angela Geer to Epilepsy Research UK

Posted 22 Jan 2018 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

We are pleased to welcome Angela Geer as interim Chief Executive of Epilepsy Research UK following the departure of Mike Rich at the end of 2017. We thank Mike for his time with the charity and wish him well with his future plans. Angela is a former Chief Executive of Epilepsy Society and brings with her a wealth of experience read more

Researchers closer to forecasting the likelihood of a seizure

Posted 17 Jan 2018 in Living with epilepsy

For many people it is the unpredictability of their epilepsy which causes them most stress and anxiety.  Now researchers from the University of California, San Francisco believe they are close to being able to forecast a patient’s seizure risk over time. Neurologists at the University have discovered, through the implantation of a device in the brain which has been able read more

Children who have chronic illnesses are more at risk of mental health issues

Posted 13 Jan 2018 in Living with epilepsy

Perhaps unsurprisingly, new research from the University of Waterloo in Canada has found that children who have chronic illnesses such as epilepsy are more at risk of mental health issues. And further, those who are diagnosed with a physical condition and a mental health disorder will experience a significant decline in their quality of life within the first six months read more

How changes in brain wave patterns could help predict which post-injury patients will develop epilepsy

Posted 9 Jan 2018 in Diagnosis of epilepsy

“Post-injury epilepsy (PIE) is a devastating, unpreventable consequence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and stroke, which develops in 10 to 40 percent of survivors months, or even years later,” says Ben-Gurion University (BGU) Professor Alon Friedman, a researcher in the Brain Imaging Research Centre and the Zlotowski Centre for Neuroscience. It has been a wish of many researchers and clinicians read more

Daniel Blower fundraising for research

Posted 9 Jan 2018 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

During 2017 Daniel Blower raised an impressive £3,515, plus Gift Aid, fundraising in aid of Epilepsy Research UK. His exploits covered a head shave, a charity night fundraiser and finally culminated in running the Cardiff Half Marathon in October. Daniel has had epilepsy from a very young age and says he was “fortunate enough to have brain surgery 9 months read more

Presurgical imaging may predict whether epilepsy surgery will work

Posted 2 Jan 2018 in Living with epilepsy

Precise diagnosis of epilepsy and thorough analysis of the treatment options available for each individual is vital to achieve seizure freedom. Surgery may be an option for some people, but until now there has been no way of ascertaining whether or not the seizures will continue after surgery.  Now statisticians at Rice University have developed a method for integrating neuroimaging read more

World Health Organisation says cannabidiol could have therapeutic value for seizures.

Posted 28 Dec 2017 in Living with epilepsy

Although the World Health Organisation (WHO) has not gone so far as to endorse the use of medicinal marijuana in the treatment of certain conditions and diseases, they have recently stated that “Recent evidence from animal and human studies shows that a compound derived from marijuana (cannabidiol) could have some therapeutic value for seizures due to epilepsy and related conditions” read more

‘Beyond my Control’ – science meets theatre in this interactive performance

Posted 21 Dec 2017 in Living with epilepsy

Beyond My Control’, is a unique piece of theatre designed to explore life with epilepsy and the impact that front-line research can have on understanding the condition. Professor John Terry, an ERUK funded researcher, together with Exeter Northcott’s Artistic Director Paul Jepson, are bringing the production to venues across the country from Jan 30th to Feb 9th. Through testimonials from read more

Join Team ERUK in the Brighton Marathon!

Posted 16 Dec 2017 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

Epilepsy Research UK have guaranteed entry available in the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 15th April 2018. Will you join us and be part of Team ERUK? Now the UK’s second largest marathon, and  firm favourite in the calendar, don’t miss out on your chance to be involved.  The race route takes in the best of the City Centre, including the read more

Running in memory of Caspar Gaze

Posted 15 Dec 2017 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

Poppy, Beeze and Justin Gaze, along with Milly Gaze in Australia and Poppy’s boyfriend Rian Kealey have been running this year in memory of their nephew and cousin Caspar Gaze. Caspar very sadly died in April 2017 at the age of 22 and the Caspar Gaze Memorial Fund has been set up at Epilepsy Research UK in his memory. The read more

A new tool to diagnose epilepsy

Posted 12 Dec 2017 in Living with epilepsy

Researchers from Canada and the Netherlands have recently presented findings which suggest that an electronic ‘nose’ is able to diagnose epilepsy, quickly, cheaply and non-invasively.  Their findings show that a  device, similar to a ‘breathalyser’ can analyse the compounds in exhaled breath and reliably diagnose epilepsy. Although this technology has been used in other fields, it has never before been read more

Treatment for sleep apnoea may ease epileptic seizures

Posted 7 Dec 2017 in Living with epilepsy

Newly published research from America suggests that all patients with epilepsy should be checked for sleep disorders, because treatments for these conditions, could in turn help in the treatment of their epilepsy. As lead investigator Dr Thapanee Somboon, a research fellow at the Cleveland Clinic’s sleep disorders centre pointed out, “many people with epilepsy don’t realise they have sleep apnoea. read more

Sleep deprivation has major impact on brain

Posted 13 Nov 2017 in Living with epilepsy

New research carried out at UCLA and Tel Aviv University shows that a lack of sleep has a major impact on how the brain functions.  The research, published in the journal Nature Medicine, adds to a growing body of research about the impact of sleep deprivation on brain function. The researchers studied 12 people with epilepsy who had electrode implants read more

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