A hospital in the UK has become the first to pioneer home testing for epilepsy. This could not only help to address the problem of epilepsy misdiagnosis, but could also avoid the stress of hospital visits.
New research suggests that men who exercise vigorously as young adults may reduce their risk of developing epilepsy later in life. The study is published in the September 4, 2013, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Epilepsy is a brain disease that causes repeated seizures over time.
Sleep disruptions caused by epilepsy ‘might cause learning difficulties’
An ongoing study hopes to establish whether or not disruptions to a child’s sleep patterns caused by epilepsy can account for the high proportion of patients who experience learning difficulties.
According to Medical News Today, researchers at the University College London Institute of Child Health believe that abnormal electrical discharges in the brain – common during sleep in people with epilepsy – make it more difficult for children to form cohesive memories of the day before.
Researchers developing mobile seizure alert system
A group of researchers in the US have announced that work is underway to develop a mobile device capable of alerting an epilepsy patient’s carers when a seizure is about to occur.
The organisation’s seizure alert system will use “an array of noninvasive physiological sensors”, according to scientists, monitoring factors like heart rate, respiration and body orientation and determining if they correspond with typical responses to the heightened neural activity that precedes an epileptic seizure.