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Identifying and prioritising epilepsy treatment uncertainties.

People with epilepsy, their carers, and doctors in Wales were asked to fill out a survey to help identify and prioritise uncertainties regarding epilepsy treatment. Patient uncertainties were often focussed on practical concerns such as how to take medication, minimise drug side effects and access to services. Doctors were more concerned with treatment programmes for non-epileptic attack disorder, concerns about side effects in utero and uncertainties regarding prescribing in pregnancy. For more https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-00557420/document

Why do some images cause seizures while others do not?

We know that in people with photosensitive epilepsy, flashing lights can cause seizures. However, seizures can also be caused by static images, with no motion or flicker. This research set out to examine why that is. For more: https://www.epilepsyresearch.org.uk/why-do-some-images-cause-seizures-while-others-do-not/

Eight new epilepsy genes discovered.

A new study examining 200 children with epileptic encephalopathy – epilepsy combined with intellectual or overall developmental disability – identified eight new genes involved in this type of epilepsy thanks to their use of whole-genome sequencing, which had never been done before in an epileptic study of this scope. For more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171107093616.htm

How seizures lead to memory loss.

A team of researchers reveals a mechanism that can explain how even relatively infrequent seizures can lead to long-lasting cognitive deficits. For more: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-10-mechanism-seizures-memory-loss.html

Opening the door to possible new treatments for epilepsy

Researchers have found in animal studies that a supplement commonly used to help reduce pain in osteoarthritis, among other conditions, could be used to reduce excitability in brain cells opening the possibility of new treatment options. For more: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319766.ph p

How antiepileptic drugs work

A short video explaining simply how some antiepileptic drugs work https://www.epilepsyresearch.org.uk/anti-epileptic-drugs-a-video-explanation/