A new Swedish study published last week in the British Medical Journal has found that treatment with gabapentinoids - a group of drugs used for epilepsy and other conditions - is associated with a number of harms including an increased risk of suicidal behaviour, unintentional overdose, injuries, and road traffic incidents.
Researchers from the French National Health Insurance (CNAM) have just published a nationwide study of pregnancies ending between January 2011 and March 2015 to examine links between exposure to monotherapy with 10 different AEDs during the first two months of pregnancy and the risk of 23 specific major congenital malformations (MCMs). The study is published in the journal Neurology.
A Dutch research team have warned that strobe lighting at electronic dance music (EDM) festivals can raise the risk of epileptic seizures.
The study, published this week in the BMJ Open, examined 28 EDM festivals in Holland during 2015 for the rates of seizures linked to exposure to strobe lighting. The rates of seizures were more than three times higher for night-time events (30) than for daytime events (9).
Epilepsy Ireland has become aware that there have been changes to the Long Term Illness Scheme recently in respect of the application process for new applicants and for renewal applicants also.
These changes include the following:
Congratulations to Sinéad Murphy on her appointment as a Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner (RANP) for Women with Epilepsy. A RANP is a nurse who is an autonomous practitioner, responsible for advanced levels of decision-making and managing a patient caseload.
A new study led by FutureNeuro at RCSI has found a pattern of molecules that appear in the blood before a seizure happens. The researchers say that the discovery may lead to the development of an early warning system, which would enable people with epilepsy to know when they are at risk of having a seizure.
Epilepsy Ireland's 2019 National Conference will take place on Saturday 28th September in the Raddison Blu Hotel, Little Island, Cork. The conference will begin at 9.30am and finish at 4pm.
We have an excellent line up of speakers confirmed including:
This document reviews the work Epilepsy Ireland has carried out over the course of the year. It focuses on key areas of work such as; Information & Support, Advocacy, Awareness, Training & Education, Research, Fundraising and Governance. The report also contains some insights from our CEO and Chairman and summary financial data for 2018.