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Certain types of epilepsy riskier In pregnancy

Women living with frontal lobe epilepsy are more at risk to seizures during pregnancy than pregnant women living with focal or generalised epilepsy, a new study has reported.

Dr. Paula Voinescu, a neurologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston stated; "Physicians need to monitor women with focal epilepsy - especially frontal lobe epilepsy - more closely during pregnancy because maintaining seizure control is particularly challenging for them".

Genetic study of epilepsy points to potential new therapies

The largest study of its kind, led by international researchers including scientists at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), has discovered 11 new genes associated with epilepsy.

The research is published in today’s issue of Nature Communications. It greatly advances knowledge of the underlying biological causes of epilepsy and may inform the development of new treatments for the condition.

Support Purple Day 2019

Support Epilepsy Ireland by getting involved in ‘Purple Day 2019’ and host a purple themed event such as a Coffee Morning, Wear Purple to Work/School, Purple Run or create your own event.  You could also ask your local town hall to light up purple to raise awareness about epilepsy. To find out more, contact our Purple Day Coordinator Luke Meany on 01 4557500 or lmeany@epilepsy.ie

Important Notice: Discontinuation of Epi Alert Bracelet

Epilepsy Ireland has recently been informed by Contactors Medical Bureau, the company who provide the emergency contact service linked to the Epi Alert Bracelet, that they are closing the service from Friday 21st December.

We regret that this long-standing service is to close. Unfortunately, the circumstances are outside of our control.  After this date, users of the service are advised not to wear the Epi Alert bracelets any longer.

Mega raffle draw winners!

The winners of our Mega-raffle draw has been made by Epilepsy Ireland CEO, Peter Murphy which was overseen by solicitor, Stephen Bradley. 

Winners 

1st Prize €2000, Ticket No:14181. G. Daly
2nd Prize €1000, Ticket No: 00713. K. Kennedy
3rd Prize €500, Ticket No: 24433 M.Healy

Sellers prize €200 H. Pescod