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EMA publishes recommendations on sodium valproate

Infographic showing a pregnant woman and a girl and asking whether they are taking sodium valproate. The woman is outlined in white and the girl in purple. The foetus is in red as babies exposed to sodium valproate can be at risk

New measures to avoid the exposure of unborn babies to the epilepsy drug, sodium valproate have been announced by the safety committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

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Why mums with epilepsy get my #votesforwomen

Epilepsy Society's chief executive Clare Pelham explains why mothers who have campaigned relentlessly about equality in women's health, are her inspiration as we celebrate #VotesforWomen

Risk of oral clefts increased for babies exposed to topiramate

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Latest research from the US has shown that babies born to women with epilepsy who are taking the medication topiramate during the first trimester of pregnancy, are at a higher risk of being born with a cleft lip or palate.

Epilepsy surgeon dedicated to women's suffrage

Pioneering neurosurgeon Victor Horsley has short hair and a full moustache. The photo is Victorian in style. Victor is looking at the camera but not smiling. He is wearing a stiff collared shirt with jacket and waistcoat and is sitting in front of a window

Today, as we mark 100 years since parliament passed an act giving some women the right to vote, we celebrate the life of Victor Horsley, pioneering epilepsy surgeon and dedicated supporter of women's suffrage.

Epilepsy expert to talk about conditions which coexist alongside epilepsy

Professor Ley Sander is smiling at the camera. He has short, grey/white hair and is wearing a casual,  open-necked shirt.

Epilepsy Society's medical director, Professor Ley Sander will be delivering The Sir John Monash Lecture  at Monash University, Malaysia, e talking about medical conditions which people with epilepsy also experience.

My journey on the ketogenic diet - part 3

Sharon Ross is trying the ketogenic diet in an attempt to control her seizures.  In her third blog she updates us on how she is getting on.

Epilepsy Society welcomes review of PIP

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Epilepsy Society has welcomed the Government's decision to review  all 1.6 million people's claims for the disability benefit, PIP.

Research suggests epilepsy drug may affect future generations

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BBC 1’s Inside Out London reported on research from Konkuk University in South Korea which has suggested that disabilities caused by the epilepsy drug sodium valproate could affect future generations.

Epilepsy linked to subtle changes in brain volume and thickness

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Latest research from Epilepsy Society shows that epilepsy is linked to subtle changes in brain volume and thickness. Scientists hope that the findings could throw new light on how epilepsy affects the structure of the brain.

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