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Sainsbury’s Wolverhampton Interchange Branch supporting research

Posted 21 Sep 2015 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

Sainsbury’s Wolverhampton Interchange Branch have chosen Epilepsy Research UK to be joint beneficiary of their Charity Year after being nominated by staff member Liz Pinto.   Thursday 1 October saw a collecting and awareness day, with employee Jack Wilkes donning a dress, dyed hair and having his legs waxed raising £300. Jo Finnerty from ERUK joined the team at Sainsbury’s. Jo says, read more

Intranasal midazolam ‘may be effective for epilepsy treatment’

A new study has demonstrated the potential benefits of a new midazolam formulation optimised for intranasal delivery in treating epilepsy. The Upsher-Smith Laboratories study, published in the medical journal Epilepsia, aimed to compare the performance of the new USL261 formulation to an intravenous midazolam solution administered intranasally or intravenously in healthy adults. It was shown that the new formulation, when read more

Pregnancy ‘has an inherent negative impact on epilepsy control’

A new study has offered evidence that pregnancy has an inherent negative impact on seizure control on epilepsy patients. Conducted by the University of Melbourne and the University of Queensland, the research aimed to determine whether being pregnant alters epileptic seizure control in its own right, even with no antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) involved. Published in the medical journal Acta Neurologica read more

Omega-3 ‘may help to protect against SUDEP’

Posted 2 Sep 2015 in Other treatments

Omega-3 fatty acids could help to protect against the onset of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), according to a new Brazilian study. Published in the medical journal Epilepsy & Behavior, the Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo research looked at serum levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) and cytokines in rats with epilepsy, as well as the impact of omega-3 on read more

New study shows high frequency of seizures in paediatric brain tumour survivors

Posted 1 Sep 2015 in Epilepsy in children

A study from the US has demonstrated the high risk of seizures among children who survive brain tumours. Led by Boston Children’s Hospital, the retrospective longitudinal study reviewed data from 298 patients during a 12-month period to describe the incidence and risk factors for seizures in long-term survivors of paediatric brain tumors. It was found that seizures were a frequent read more

Study highlights postoperative depression risk for epilepsy patients

Posted 26 Aug 2015 in Conditions related to epilepsy

A new study has offered fresh insight into possible predictors of postoperative depression in patients with focal drug-resistant focal epilepsy. Conducted at San Paolo Hospital in Milan, the study involved 248 people and analysed a number of variables, including demographic, neurologic and psychiatric characteristics, as well as antiepileptic therapy usage. According to results published in the medical journal Epilepsia, 27 read more

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