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
A new pilot study has demonstrated the potential benefits that cognitive rehabilitation training can offer to patients with brain tumour-related epilepsy and cognitive deficits.
Researchers have identified the mechanism by which valproic acid controls epileptic seizures, a discovery that sheds light on underlying factors that cause seizures.
A new study has shown the benefits the drug eslicarbazepine acetate can offer when added to an existing course of epilepsy.
Certain types of tree resin could contain substances that can potentially relieve or cure epilepsy, according to a new study.
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
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
A new review has supported the use of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in the treatment of epilepsy in people with intellectual disabilities.
Mutations in the gene encoding the protein KCC2 have been identified as a potential explanation for severe early infant epilepsy.
Mindfulness-based therapy can be beneficial for patients with drug-resistant epilepsy, according to a new study.
A new Australian study has highlighted a number of barriers that may often cause delays in securing medical attention and diagnoses for new-onset epilepsy.
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
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
People whose epilepsy has a genetic origin are more likely to feel stigmatised as a result of their condition, according to a new study.
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
A new study has demonstrated the long-term efficacy of the ketogenic diet as an add-on therapy in children with refractory epilepsy.
Newly-published phase III trial data has offered evidence of the benefits of perampanel in the treatment of primary generalised tonic-clonic seizures.
Behavioural issues in children receiving epilepsy surgery can persist beyond the achievement of seizure control, according to a new study.
A new US study has demonstrated the elevated risk of congenital malformations in infants exposed to antiepileptic medications in utero.
Cognitive behavioural therapy can be as effective as antidepressants in treating depression in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy, according to a study.