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Affecting almost 1,500 people in Co. Kerry alone, epilepsy is one of Ireland's most common neurological conditions. On Saturday October 3rd, the annual National Epilepsy Conference, organised by Epilepsy Ireland will be held in the county for the first time and will focus on addressing the common issues faced by adults, teenagers and children living with this complex condition today.

Epilepsy Ireland has today launched a new smartphone app to help people with epilepsy and the parents of children with epilepsy better manage their seizures. The app, which is available free of charge on Android phones, will enable users to log details of their seizures over time, record and link videos of seizures to their personal log and help identify potential triggers and patterns to their condition.

On International Epilepsy Day today, Epilepsy Ireland release results of a member survey on participation in sports and physical activities. The survey of 215 people with epilepsy and parents of children with epilepsy showed that 51% participate in some form of team or individual sports and 75% engage in regular (weekly) physical exercise (e.g. walking, jogging, running, cycling or gym work).

Despite an intensive campaign driven by Epilepsy Ireland and supported by international evidence, national epilepsy expert opinion and significant support of key TDs, the Bill will not make a specific exemption to exclude anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) from substitution

Deputy Billy Kelleher, Fianna Fail Spokesperson on Health and Caoimhghin O'Caolain, Sinn Fein Spokesperson on Health have both submitted amendments to the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill 2012

At a Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children hearing in Leinster House this morning, Epilepsy Ireland called on the Committee to enshrine the rights of people with epilepsy through a simple amendment to exclude AEDs from the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill 2012

On European Epilepsy Day today, Epilepsy Ireland (formerly known as Brainwave) released results of national consumer research conducted in January 2013 which show that nearly 20% of people if given the choice would not employ someone with epilepsy

DOC icon 9-1-2013 | New call for epilepsy research proposals (Research_Press_Release_2013.doc | 53 kB)

Brainwave - The Irish Epilepsy Association has announced that the charity is now inviting proposals for funding under their Epilepsy Research Funding Scheme. Under the Scheme, grants of up to �50,000 per annum for a maximum of three years will be made available for successful applicants, with projects starting in December 2013.

At a briefing for all TDs and Senators in Leinster House today, Brainwave, The Irish Epilepsy Association called for an amendment to exempt antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) from the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill 2012 which will allow for a system of generic substitution and reference pricing when enacted.

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