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
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
A new study has indicated that oestrogen-blocking therapies called aromatase inhibitors could be useful in helping to control seizures.
A new study has demonstrated the effectiveness of intravenous lacosamide in the treatment of various forms of epilepsy.
A new study has offered evidence that immediate antiepileptic drug treatment following an initial unprovoked seizure may not always be the best course of action.
Medical staff could be doing more to help patients cope with the stress and anxiety that can often accompany caring for children with epilepsy.
Using a wrist accelerometer linked to an online database could be a more effective method of monitoring seizure trends among people 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
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
A new study has indicated that many children with epilepsy have a good level of insight and understanding into the nature of their condition.
Interim findings from ERUK fellowship: Cutting-edge techniques to explore brain cell activity in epilepsy
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
‘Waking up to epilepsy’, hosted by University of Exeter Medical School, was a one-day educational meeting open to anyone with an interest in learning about epilepsy. Epilepsy Research UK supported the event, which took place on 20 April 2016, and here our research manager gives an account of the day. “Waking up to epilepsy was a great success, with over read more
A new UK study has highlighted the need for more research into the impact that the use of different terms to describe people with epilepsy can have on them.
People with learning disabilities are more likely to experience epilepsy and mental health issues, but less likely to be diagnosed with cancer, according to a new study.
An epilepsy drug that only needs to be taken once a day might work as well a twice-daily option, according to a new study.
A new study has shown that women with epilepsy are just as likely to achieve a successful pregnancy as other women.
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 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 (http://www.hhuk2016.com/#location). This event is aimed at medical professionals. For all details and to register, please visit: http://www.hhuk2016.com/ An overview taken from http://www.hhuk2016.com/: “Until the twenty-first century there was little or no treatment for these congenital read more
A new study has identified a link between sudden death in epilepsy and heart conditions.
A study has indicated at the antiepileptic drug lamotrigine may not increase the risk of birth defects as previously thought.