Memory impairment linked to abnormal brain activity in people with epilepsy according to new study

A new study recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience has revealed how memory and abnormal brain activity are linked in people with epilepsy.

Memory impairment or loss is a common complaint amongst people with epilepsy and this study, which was conducted by Cedars-Sinai in the US, investigated the area of the brain which is key to memory –the hippocampus.

International study finds that three drugs equally effective in treatment of Statis Epilepticus

A major new study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine has stated that levetiracetam (Keppra), fosphenytoin (Pro-Epanutin) and valproate (Epilim) are equally effective in the treatment of Status Epilepticus.

The international study featured collaboration between a number of institutions in the UK & the US and sought to establish whether the drugs stated above are effective in the treatment of Status Epilepticus.

Research Request - Awesme Study seeking Participants & Interviewees

Epilepsy Ireland have received a request from DCU PHD student ,Orla Mooney seeking participants for the Awesme Study - Adolesecents With Epilepsy Self Management Experiences. Orla has outlined the goals of the study below and what is involved for potential participants.

We receive research requests and those that are looking for volunteers can be found in the research section of our website.

Peaks 2020 - book your place now!

Epilepsy Ireland can officially confirm that the Peaks Challenge 2020 will take place on the weekend of the 4th July.

The annual challenge see’s participants put their bodies to the test by taking on the four Peaks of Tonelagee, Lugnaquillia, Luggala & the Blackstairs Mountains.

The Peaks costs €575 per person however deposits are now being taken for an early bird rate of €525, which will only apply until January 15th.

Gabitril - Supply Issues Resolved

Further to our recent news items towards the tail-end of 2019 regarding the supply of Gabitril 5mg, 10mg & 15mg, we can confirm that the supply issues experienced have now been resolved following further communication from the drug's manufacturer TEVA. 

Furthermore, the HPRA have confirmed that delivery received should be enough to meet patient demand for all of 2020 and therefore no further supply issues are envisaged for the upcoming year.

SláinteCare Integration Fund

We are delighted that Epilepsy Ireland’s proposal was one of the 122 projects from around the country to receive funding under the SláinteCare Integration Fund.

The Fund was established to support innovative projects led by hospitals, primary care centres and patient organisations that have the potential to improve citizen engagement in their own healthcare or that can encourage a shift in care from the hospital to the community.