Category: "Medicine"

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 […]

Understanding and supporting neurological conditions among the incarcerated

Understanding and supporting neurological conditions among the incarcerated

Samuel Han and Audrey Nath discuss neurological conditions among the incarcerated, who they argue are a medically underserved population In prisons, jails, and immigration detention, neurological complaints are common, accounting for around 10% of medical complaints in this marginalized population. Additionally, there are neurological conditions that present a higher prevalence within the population of incarcerated […]

Recognizing when someone is having a seizure – and how you can help during those first critical moments

Recognizing when someone is having a seizure – and how you can help during those first critical moments

Approximately 1 in 26 people develop epilepsy, a condition in which someone experiences recurring and unprovoked seizures. But experiencing a seizure does not always mean a person has epilepsy. Seizures can be provoked by acute head injuries, alcohol withdrawal and high blood sugar, among other things. Approximately 1 in 10 people will experience a seizure during their lifetime. […]

People with epilepsy can lead full, regular lives

People with epilepsy can lead full, regular lives

Individuals with epilepsy can lead full, regular lives, including having children, an active social life and a rewarding career, although it is important for their health that they seek and receive appropriate care on a timely basis, says an expert from global health system Cleveland Clinic. His message reflects the focus of International Epilepsy Day […]

Epilepsy Explained!

Epilepsy Explained!

What is Epilepsy? Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disease that affects people of all ages. It is also known as seizure disorder as this disease is characterized by recurring, unpredictable seizures resulting from abnormal brain activity. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 50 million people around the world suffer from epilepsy, which makes […]

EMA issues warning for males with epilepsy or bipolar disorder being treated with group of medicines

EMA issues warning for males with epilepsy or bipolar disorder being treated with group of medicines

Dr Muiris Houston: Drugs used to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorder linked to neurodevelopmental disorders in patients’ children The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has issued a warning for male patients with epilepsy or bipolar disorder being treated with the valproate group of medicines. It follows the identification of a potential increased risk of neurodevelopmental disorders […]

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