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Managing epilepsy means knowing your triggers

Managing epilepsy means knowing your triggers

A cancer survivor and nurse who was diagnosed with epilepsy in adulthood said knowledge is power when it comes to this relatively common neurological condition. ER Consulting Inc, which manages the emergency department at Netcare Olivedale Hospital, recently shone the spotlight on epilepsy awareness to coincide with the recent Epilepsy Week. Registered nurse Tamara Moyo […]

My child has been diagnosed with epilepsy – now what?

My child has been diagnosed with epilepsy – now what?

An expert from Young Epilepsy talks to Lisa Salmon. Epilepsy is one of the most common long-term conditions in childhood, affecting one child in every primary school, and five in every secondary school on average. Yet if your child is diagnosed with the neurological condition – where the brain’s normal electrical activity is disrupted, causing seizures […]

Functional Seizure Patients Face Surprisingly High Mortality

Functional Seizure Patients Face Surprisingly High Mortality

The death rate for patients with functional, nonepileptic seizures is higher than expected, with a rate comparable to epilepsy and severe mental illness, a Michigan Medicine-led study finds. A team of researchers reviewed data from 700 patients who were diagnosed with functional seizures, also called psychogenic or nonepileptic seizures, between 2014 and mid-2023 and followed […]

Understanding epilepsy and its causes

Understanding epilepsy and its causes

EPILEPSY IS a disorder of the brain characterized by repeated seizures. A seizure is usually defined as a sudden alteration of behavior due to a temporary change in the electrical functioning of the brain. Normally, the brain continuously generates tiny electrical impulses in an orderly pattern. These impulses travel along neurons, the network of nerve […]

Medical cannabis linked with weekly seizure reduction in epilepsy

Medical cannabis linked with weekly seizure reduction in epilepsy

Key takeaways: Researchers analyzed health records of 112 individuals with epilepsy given medical cannabis. Most study participants chose cannabis with concentrations of CBD and THC. ORLANDO — Adults with epilepsy who were given medical cannabis recorded a significant decrease in weekly seizure frequency, according to a poster from the American Epilepsy Society annual meeting. “There […]

Stigma in Epilepsy in 2023: How Far Have We Come?

Stigma in Epilepsy in 2023: How Far Have We Come?

December 13, 2023 Isabella Ciccone, MPH In recent conversations with experts in epilepsy, the impact of stigmatization remains high for patients and ongoing efforts by clinicians to address this issue in the clinical setting has been underscored, despite the global lack of awareness about new treatments and other resources. Epilepsy, a condition characterized by a […]

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