Suicide risks in people with epilepsy

19th September 2018

We recently wrote a post detailing how people with epilepsy are more likely to experience depression. As a result of this, and other factors, this also means that people with epilepsy are also a higher risk of suicide. Epilepsy can affect a person’s health and wellbeing and it’s important that mental health is also monitored.…

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Temperature-induced seizures

17th September 2018

There are many potential triggers that could cause an individual to have a seizure. Triggers are not generalised across the epilepsy populations, therefore, individuals will experience specific types of triggers. However, some triggers are more common than others. For example, stress and sleep deprivation are two of the more common triggers. Another trigger that’s experienced…

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Angelman Syndrome

6th September 2018

Angelman Syndrome (AS) is a genetic disorder of which epilepsy is a common symptom. Epilepsy affects 7 out of 10 children who are diagnosed with AS. In less enlightened times it was also known as ‘Happy Puppet Syndrome’ as children are often happy and have jerking, puppet-like movements. However, this unofficial term is considered to…

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Generic vs brand prescriptions – why brand is always best

23rd August 2018

There are often different variations of anti-epileptic drugs (AED), this is because different brands may have slight bioavailability variations. Branded medication Once a new medication is developed, only the company that developed it are allowed to produce it, this is known as being ‘on patent’. After the patent runs out (10 years) other companies are…

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Aicardi Syndrome

14th August 2018

Aicardi Syndrome is a very rare form of epilepsy that almost always occurs in females. It’s even more rare for Aicardi Syndrome to affect males as it’s believed the syndrome causes unborn males to be miscarried. This particular syndrome can cause a variety of complications, particularly with the brain and eyes that leads to a…

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Contraception and Epilepsy

7th August 2018

Living with epilepsy can impact a number of areas in a person's life, one of these that everyone should know about are the types of contraception you may or may not be able to use. It’s a complicated subject that relies on the type of treatment and medication the person is using. Types of contraception…

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