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Charities call for more social support for people with epilepsy

Charities call for more social support for people with epilepsy

A coalition of epilepsy charities and organizations has produced a new toolkit to enhance social support for people with epilepsy. Epilepsy can have a significant impact on quality of life, yet social support and outreach is not available in all areas of the UK. The toolkit, funded by the Scottish government, therefore aims to improve […]

Impact of antiepileptic medications and sex hormones on maternal and child outcomes in epilepsy

Impact of antiepileptic medications and sex hormones on maternal and child outcomes in epilepsy

Studies show that sex steroid hormone concentrations significantly increase throughout the duration of pregnancy. These concentrations and their neuroactive steroid metabolites may influence fetal neurodevelopment and seizure control among pregnant women with epilepsy. Enzyme-inducing (EI) antiseizure medications (ASMs) have been known to alter sex steroid hormone concentrations in the nonpregnant state. In a recent analysis […]

Managing epilepsy

Managing epilepsy

Temporal lobe epilepsies are common in adolescents and younger adults, while strokes, head injuries, and brain tumors are causes in the elderly. Approximately 50 million individuals are affected by epilepsy globally, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Due to a lack of knowledge, people often fail to take care of those with this condition. […]

Addressing Racial Disparity in Infantile Epileptic Spasms Syndrome: A Boston Children’s Hospital Initiative

Addressing Racial Disparity in Infantile Epileptic Spasms Syndrome: A Boston Children’s Hospital Initiative

Understanding Infantile Epileptic Spasms Syndrome Infantile Epileptic Spasms Syndrome (IESS), also known as infantile spasms, is the most common form of epilepsy observed during infancy. Characterized by spasms, loss of consciousness, and often intellectual disability, IESS is a severe disorder that requires early diagnosis and immediate referral to a neurologist for effective treatment. However, recent […]

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 […]

Can you have a seizure without having epilepsy?

Can you have a seizure without having epilepsy?

Over 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy yet there is still a lot of confusion about the neurological disorder. A popular misunderstanding is that you can only have seizures – temporary abnormal movements such as stiffness, twitching, or limpness – if you have epilepsy. Dr. Ikram Khan, a neurologist at Aurora Health Care, helps set the record straight. […]

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