Circumstances of Sudden Death in Epilepsy revealed by study of North American SUDEP Registry

Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is rare. About one in 1,000 people with epilepsy die from SUDEP per year.

A new study published in the online issue of the journal Neurology last week has provided much needed information on the circumstances of SUDEP and has shed new light on risk factors for SUDEP.

Study identifies risk of malformations associated with prenatal exposure to 10 epilepsy drugs

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.

Strobe lighting increases seizure rates during Electronic Dance Music festivals

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).