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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

Research sheds light onto how cellular defects caused by genetic mutation may lead to epilepsy

Posted 27 Mar 2017 in Uncategorized

A new study published in the leading scientific journal Scientific Reports describes how cellular abnormalities caused by defects in a gene called GRIN2A may lead to epilepsy.  Understanding the exact mechanism of how seizures develop at the cellular level could help scientists design better treatments against them in the future. It was already known that mutations in the GRIN2A gene read more

New Set of Recommendations for Better Diagnosis and Management of Dravet Syndrome Developed

Posted 14 Mar 2017 in Epilepsy in children

A consensus panel of epilepsy specialists, experts in Dravet syndrome, and parents of children with Dravet syndrome came together to develop a set of recommendations for the better diagnosis and management of the condition.  The recommendations were published in the journal Pediatric Neurology. “We were able to identify areas where there was strong consensus that we hope will (1) inform read more

Link Between Epilepsy and Multiple Sclerosis Uncovered, Could Help Scientists Develop New Treatments for Both Conditions

Posted 13 Mar 2017 in Conditions related to epilepsy

Researchers at the University of California uncovered a potential new link between epilepsy and multiple sclerosis (MS), an auto-immune disease where the immune system attacks the myelin sheath that covers nerve fibres.  This new finding could lead to potential new treatments against epilepsy as well as MS. The study that was published in the journal Neuroscience, showed that people with read more

Classification of Epilepsies Updated

Posted 9 Mar 2017 in Uncategorized

The International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) recently updated the system used to classify different types of epilepsy. It is hoped that the new system will pave the way to better research, diagnosis, and treatments in epilepsy. In a press release, Professor Ingrid Scheffer, a paediatric nephrologist and professor at The University of Melbourne said: “The new classification will help clinicians read more

Brain Connectivity Different in People with Epilepsy

Posted 8 Mar 2017 in Brain science; genetics

Brain connectivity in people with epilepsy and those without are different showed a study published in the journal Human Brain Mapping. According to the researchers this finding could lead to a better understanding of epilepsy and help scientists develop new therapies in the future. The team led by Professor Marina Vannucci, Noah Harding Professor and Chair of Statistics at Rice read more

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