Back to School!

August 2020

For the first times in six months following the onset of COVID-19 in Ireland, this week sees children return physically to schools all across the country. This has led to excitement for children as they meet with their friends and continue their learning in this new environment but also has also led to understandable concerns and nervousness for parents and teachers alike.

Study suggests epilepsy deaths are not decreasing despite advances in treatments

A study presented at the European Academy of Neurology annual congress has found that mortality rates for epilepsy-related deaths did not decrease between 2009 and 2015 despite advances in treatment during this time.

The study was conducted by Dr. Gashirai Mbizvo from the University of Edinburgh who analysed anonymous data from healthcare settings around Scotland of patients who had died between 2009 & 2015.

Smoking in pregnancy identified as world's first environmental risk factor for a common type of epilepsy

A new study published in the Lancet has identified the world's first environmental risk factor for a common form of childhood epilepsy, Benign Childhood Epilepsy with Centro-temporal Spikes (BECTS). BECTS is also known as Benign Rolandic Epilepsy and accounts for about 20% of all childhood epilepsy.