GPs and pharmacists in the UK are being warned to review all female patient cases that are taking the epilepsy medication sodium valproate. This comes from data showing that there is a wide variation in prescription practices in the UK.
Epilepsy Ireland and FutureNeuro are pleased to announce that we will be co-hosting a Public Seminar to mark International Epilepsy Day on Monday the 11th of February.
The seminar is for people with epilepsy, their families & carers and will highlight the latest developments in epilepsy research in Ireland and internationally.
A research team based in Japan are currently developing a device which will allow a person with epilepsy’s smartphone to notify them if they are about to have a seizure. The device is a sensor that identifies seizure warning signs through heart beat fluctuations.
Engineers out of UC Berkeley have developed a new type of neurostimulator which has the ability to stimulate and observe electric current in the brain concurrently. This has the potential to offer fine-tuned treatments to patients living with epilepsy.
The device, named the WAND, has been described as a “pacemaker for the brain,” it monitors the brain’s electrical activity and delivers electrical stimulation if it identifies something wrong.
Epilepsy Ireland is delighted to announce our dates for 2019 Ireland's Ancient East Peaks Challenge. Taking place on the 29th and 30th June, participants will climb 4 mountains across Leinster in over 36 hours and raise funds for Epilepsy Ireland. Not only will you have a goal to work towards, you will also be raising funds for Epilepsy Ireland.
Epilepsy Ireland offices are closed from Friday December 21st and we will reopen on January 2nd. If you have an urgent query about your epilepsy please contact your GP, specialist nurse or pharmacist for advice. Have a Happy Christmas!
A newly published report by the Neurological Alliance reveals that over half of patients surveyed reported they did not receive sufficient information at the time of diagnosis, including details of relevant patient support organisations.
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".
A recent study from the University of Illinois has found that people with epilepsy living in areas with high crime rates in Chicago have triple the amount of seizures compared to those living in areas with lower crime rates.