A new review of existing clinical evidence has provided a clearer insight into the risk of adverse events associated with the antiepileptic drug (AED) levetiracetam. In total, 26 studies with 2,832 patients were included in the University of Perugia-led analysis, which appeared in the medical journal Seizure. The meta-analysis included all available double-blind, randomised placebo-controlled trials performed in any age, read more
A new systematic review of existing evidence has demonstrated the potential benefits of intravenous lidocaine as a means of controlling status epilepticus (SE) and refractory status epilepticus (RSE). For this new study, published in the medical journal Seizure, 13 studies involving 76 adult patients were assessed. The cohort experienced 82 episodes of SE/RSE, with patients receiving a number of different read more
Adults with epilepsy are more likely to experience social anxiety, with this impact also felt by their close family members, according to a new study. Carried out by Baskent University in Turkey, the research looked at anxiety, depression and social fear and avoidance levels in 48 adult patients with epilepsy and 48 first-degree cohabiting family members, compared to 43 controls. read more
A new study has highlighted the impact of epilepsy and antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) on the metabolic profile in adults with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disabilities. The Israeli study, published in the journal International Clinical Psychopharmacology, aimed to investigate how epilepsy and AEDs affect body mass index (BMI), fasting blood glucose (FBG) and total cholesterol of individuals in this demographic. read more
The discovery of a part of the brain that plays a key role in controlling breathing has provided a new insight into sudden unexpected death in epilepsy.
A 15-year study has demonstrated the benefits vagus nerve stimulation therapy can provide for patients with treatment-resistant epilepsy.
A French study has highlighted the need for more attention to be paid to the risk of falls in older people with epilepsy. The small-scale research project followed four women of a mean age of 84.5 years affected by a number of forms of epilepsy, with falls associated with physical seizures or a loss of consciousness. According to data published read more
A new study has demonstrated the efficacy of lacosamide as an initial add-on therapy for epilepsy patients with partial-onset seizures.
A major new study has confirmed the role played by the prion protein in preventing the onset of epileptic seizures.
US scientists have identified a new treatment approach for a rare yet debilitating form of epilepsy affecting females only.
The drug perampanel has been launched in the UK today for the treatment of primary generalised tonic-clonic seizures in adults and adolescents with idiopathic generalised epilepsy.
A new study has shed light on the additional risk of complications and mortality that exist among pregnant women with epilepsy.
Hybrid PET-MRI scans can offer benefits in the evaluation of refractory focal onset epilepsy, according to a new study.
A new study has identified a possible link between sudden unexplained death in childhood and epilepsy in those with a history of febrile seizures.
There are still many misconceptions about medical screening and its limitations, and these are often perpetuated by the media. On 3 July 2015 the charity Sense About Science launched a new edition of their guide ‘Making Sense of Screening’, which aims to address the unrealistic expectations of what screening can deliver. More information about the guide is available on the Sense read more
A new study has highlighted potential ways in which smartphone apps can be used by epilepsy patients to manage their condition more effectively.
A US study has demonstrated the positive impact that consumer-generated epilepsy self-management programmes can deliver.
The University of Exeter and partners are inviting people with epilepsy and their carers to take part in a half-day workshop, in which they will have the opportunity to share their experiences with researchers. The input provided by the attendees will be used help shape future research into the diagnosis of epilepsy. The event, which is supported by the Wellcome Trust, will take read more
New research from the US has shed light on the various demographic, clinical and psychosocial traits that can create a greater feeling of stigmatisation among epilepsy patients. The University of Florida study involved a direct survey of 182 patients at an epilepsy centre, making use of the Epilepsy Stigma Scale as an assessment tool. Results were published in the medical read more
New research has offered further evidence of seizure control benefits perampanel can provide for people with idiopathic generalised epilepsy.