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SUDEP and Seizure Safety Checklist released in Australia
Epilepsy Action Australia in partnership with SUDEP Action in the UK has launched the SUDEP and Seizure Safety Checklist, the first resource in Australia to assist clinicians and those living with epilepsy to discuss seizure risks, including SUDEP.
Australia lalunches helpline for people living with epilepsy
An Australian-first telephone and email service to support people living with epilepsy and their families has been launched today by Epilepsy Action Australia.
The Epilepsy Nurse Line, which is available from 9am to 5pm seven days a week in all Australian states and territories, has been funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.
Epilepsy prediction device receives microsoft grant
This grant will help the University of Sydney to accelerate its work on a seizure advisory system for adult individuals diagnosed with epilepsy who want or used to drive a vehicle.
The system, NeuroSyd, aims at real-time monitoring and processing of brain-signals while driving, in a group of people living with epilepsy.
New guideline tackles Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy
The American Academy of Neurology and the American Epilepsy Society have released a new guideline on sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), highlighting the incidence, risk factors, and preventive approaches for this poorly understood and catastrophic risk of epilepsy.
Melbourne - designed epilepsy guidelines offer hope to millions around the world
An overhaul of epilepsy guidelines has given seizure types formal recognition and provides general practitioners with better information on epilepsy causes and its association with other disorders, such as autism. It also describes epilepsy types in plain language so patients and their families can understand.
Key change to epilepsy classification
The International League Against Epilepsy presents a revised operational classification of seizure types. Because current knowledge is insufficient to form a scientifically based classification, the 2017 Classification is operational (practical) and based on the 1981 Classification, extended in 2010.
RCGP elearning on SUDEP and Seizure Safety
Patients with epilepsy have a higher rate of premature death than the general population. The commonest cause of death from epilepsy is sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP).
This course uses video and case studies to illustrate various points in the clinical management of patients with epilepsy.
General Practice has an important role to work with people with epilepsy and their families to minimise the impact of the condition and the risk of death.
Professor Frank Vajda received the International League against Epilepsy and the International Bureau for Epilepsy’s Ambassador Award. Internationally, Professor Vajda has led the charge in understanding and treating the complications of epilepsy drugs and pregnancy.
'Big Data' project to include SUDEP
Neurological similarities exist between epilepsy and sleep disorders. Professor Sahoo says 'it is known that sleep stages affect expression of epilepsy, and sleep has an impact on the poorly understood occurrence of SUDEP. So there are significant benefits to correlating epilepsy with sleep research data.'
Valproate in the treatment of epilepsy in girls and women of childbearing potential
Newly released guidance on the use of valproate in girls and women of childbearing age from a joint Task Force of the Commission on European Affairs of the International League Against Epilepsy (CEA-ILAE) and the European Academy of Neurology (EAN).
Epilepsy deaths review
Ostler, Cousins & Ridsdale
A review of research on epilepsy deaths has been published focussing on behavioural and psychosocial risks. It highlights the importance of interventions that could help reduce deaths that might be amenable to better medical care, such as accidents and suicide.
AM Radio - Epilepsy makes gene study breakthrough
September 3 2014
Epilepsy researchers think they're getting closer to developing a cure for the condition after a major discovery about its cause. The world's biggest ever epilepsy gene study has identified two genes that together appear to trigger the most common form of the neurological disorder.