Brains of children with epilepsy able to ‘re-map’ after surgery, US research finds

25 Nov 2019

The brains of children with severe epilepsy can rewire themselves to compensate for missing regions of the visual cortex following surgery.

This was discovered in a study jointly led by researchers at York University and Carnegie Mellon University.

Currently, surgery for children with severe epilepsy is often a last resort, as the treatment poses a risk to their sight and perception.

Alzheimer’s disease linked to recurring epileptic seizures

25 Nov 2019

People living with Alzheimer’s disease experience epileptic seizures up to six-and-a-half times more often than people without dementia.

That’s according to new research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2019 in Los Angeles.

Alzheimer’s disease causes death of neurons, and researchers predict this may contribute to abnormal electrical activity in the brain that leads to seizures.

Five-year-old cycles 90 miles for Epilepsy Action

8 Nov 2019

keto dietA five-year-old boy has raised more than £1,000 for Epilepsy Action by completing a 90-mile bike ride.

Max McLeod, accompanied by his dad Kevin, set off from Halifax and rode to his grandparents’ house in Winsford, Cheshire.

The pair mostly rode on canal paths and took just five days to complete the journey. They stayed in hotels along the way.

Max wanted to raise money to help his cousin Oscar, who was diagnosed with epilepsy.

Epilepsy Action ambassador sets 'Rowing Dangerously' world record

16 Oct 2019

A new world record has been set by former soldier and extreme adventurer Jordan Wylie. An Epilepsy Action ambassador, Jordan has epilepsy. He took on the challenge of rowing unarmed and unsupported across the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait on 4 October. It is one of the most dangerous water passages in the world and is also known as the Gate of Tears.

Disabled people four times worse off financially

22 Jul 2019

Disabled people are 4 times worse off financially than non-disabled people, according to new research commissioned by the Disability Benefit Consortium (DBC).

The study found that while people who receive welfare support have experienced cuts averaging £300, disabled people are typically £1,200 out of pocket annually.

The research was the first study looking specifically at the impact of welfare changes on disabled people over the last 10 years, and found:

Exposure of babies to topiramate and valproate in womb linked to birth defects, study suggests

1 Jul 2019

A new study in Neurology has shown an increased risk of birth defects in babies born to mothers taking medicines valproic acid and topiramate.

Study authors Pierre-Olivier Blotière and colleagues wanted to look at risks of birth defects to babies being exposed to 10 different epilepsy medicines in pregnancy. They were lamotrigine, pregabalin, clonazepam, valproic acid, levetiracetam, topiramate, carbamazepine, gabapentin, oxcarbazepine and phenobarbital.