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Insomnia in epilepsy patients ‘likely to be related to depression and co-morbid conditions’

Posted 18 May 2016 in Conditions related to epilepsy

A new study has offered evidence that cases of insomnia in people with epilepsy may not be directly caused by their condition. Conducted by South Korea’s Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, in association with three US centres, the research suggested that depression and other comorbid conditions have more to do with causing insomnia than epilepsy itself. Of the 90 adults read more

RCPCH publication release: Infants’, Children’s and Young People’s Child Health Research Charter

Posted 12 May 2016 in Uncategorized

Taken directly from RCPCH: The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has published the Infants’, Children’s and Young People’s Child Health Research Charter. This Research Charter has been developed by the RCPCH with children, young people, parents, carers and healthcare professionals, to provide guiding principles for anyone; whether that be a child, young person, parent, doctor, nurse, allied healthcare read more

Patients and carers highlight important epilepsy trial outcomes

Posted 29 Apr 2016 in Living 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

Brain study offers insights in memory problems in people with epilepsy

Posted 29 Apr 2016 in Conditions related to epilepsy

Researchers at New York University have uncovered vital new clues as to why many people with epilepsy experience memory problems. Background The formation of memories requires extremely precise co-ordination of activity between the brain cortex (the brain’s folded surface) and the hippocampus (found deep within the temporal lobes). Previous studies have shown that spontaneous bursts (SBs) of epileptic activity in the brain in between seizures read more

Interim findings from ERUK fellowship: Cutting-edge techniques to explore brain cell activity in epilepsy

Posted 26 Apr 2016 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

Background Focal epilepsies that originate in a specific part of the brain cortex are often resistant to existing anti-epileptic drugs, and there is an urgent need for new treatment strategies. Previous experimental research into these focal epilepsies has largely focused on acute seizures that have been purposefully induced in isolated brain tissue where long-range connections between neurons have been severed. read more

New study highlights need for epilepsy-focused neuropsychiatry services

A new study has demonstrated some of the key priorities that ought to be considered when designing neuropsychiatry services for people with epilepsy. Led by the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Aston University, this research examined data from 60 patients with epilepsy referred to and assessed within a neuropsychiatry setting, to gauge their needs. Services like read more

Hope for HH UK: International Professional Symposium on hypothalamic hamartoma

Posted 13 Apr 2016 in Uncategorized

Hope for HH UK is organising a one-day international symposium on hypothalamic hamartoma, on Saturday 17 September 2016, between 09:30 and 16:00, at the Royal College of Surgeons, London ( This event is aimed at medical professionals.  For all details and to register, please visit: An overview taken from “Until the twenty-first century there was little or no treatment for these congenital read more

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