Are there any jobs off-limits to people with epilepsy?

22nd August 2019

Within reason, there are very few jobs that should be off-limits to people with epilepsy. An employer can not legally use your epilepsy as a reason to not give you a job. It is also important that employers are willing to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate you should they be needed.  There are however a…

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SUDEP and how the death of Cameron Boyce is raising awareness

19th August 2019

In July 2019, young actor, Cameron Boyce tragically died in his sleep as a result of SUDEP (Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy). Cameron was known for his roles in a number of Hollywood films and TV shows, including Grown Ups, Descendants and Jessie.  Of course, within the epilepsy community SUDEP is not new. However, the…

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Epilepsy in school

30th July 2019

It’s crucial that children with epilepsy have unrestricted access to an education and quite often this might mean that some adjustments need to be made within the school. It may be that special considerations need to be made to ensure the child’s safety whilst they are in school.  School can be a stressful time for…

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Gelastic epilepsy

23rd July 2019

Gelastic epilepsy is a very rare syndrome that affects 1 out of every 1,000 children with epilepsy and is slightly more common in boys than girls. The syndrome takes its name from the Greek word, gelastikos, which means laughter because seizures will often start with unexplained laughter. The laughter is often described as being hollow…

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Epilepsy and flying – what to do at the airport

17th July 2019

Having epilepsy should not prevent a person from being able to travel, whether it’s for work or to enjoy a much needed holiday. However, for many people with epilepsy travel may be problematic, particularly when it involves flying.  Many people with epilepsy may have their seizures triggered when they’re tired, which is likely to be…

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GLUT1 Deficiency Syndrome

12th June 2019

GLUT1 Deficiency Syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the brains metabolism by inhibiting the flow of glucose from the blood into the brain. GLUT1 is the protein that’s responsible for ensuring that the brain receives adequate glucose, which is the main source of fuel for the brain. A lack of glucose can lead to…

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