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Adverse event risk of levetiracetam confirmed by new study

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

Lidocaine ‘may be useful in treating status epilepticus’

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

Social anxiety ‘higher in epilepsy patients and their families’

Posted 20 Jul 2015 in Other treatments

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

Epilepsy and AEDs ‘can affect metabolism of certain patients’

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

Sense About Science: Making sense of screening

Posted 3 Jul 2015 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

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

Would you like to help shape future research?

Posted 30 Jun 2015 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

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

Study highlights traits associated with greater stigma in epilepsy patients

Posted 29 Jun 2015 in Living with epilepsy

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

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