Medium Chain Triglyceride (MCT) Diet and Epilepsy

5th October 2021

The MCT diet is sometimes used to help treat epilepsy in children and reduce the frequency and severity of seizures. The diet is similar in many ways to the classical ketogenic diet, but the MCT simply refers to an oil called medium chain triglyceride that makes the diet more varied and allows the child to…

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Category: Education, Living with Epilepsy

Acquired epilepsy

31st March 2020

Recently, we wrote a blog article on the genetic factors of epilepsy. We also mentioned that in many cases there are no genetic factors to epilepsy, which is known as acquired epilepsy.  Acquired epilepsy can be used to describe a number of causes that are not genetic in nature, this means they were not passed…

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Category: Education

Dealing with the stigma and discrimination of epilepsy

20th February 2020

Stigma in epilepsy can mean a number of things, whether it’s people believing untrue myths, people being disqualified from activities they feel they could take part in or simply just being treated differently due to having epilepsy.  Stigma and discrimination take many forms. A common example might be children being left out of school activities…

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Category: Education

Genetics and epilepsy

6th February 2020

Genetics factors affect everybody, these are attributes that are inherited, passed down from one generation to the next. As science and medicine advances, we constantly understand better the role that genetics can play in epilepsy.  It’s important to note that although some types of epilepsy are inherited and known to run in the family, some…

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Category: Education

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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Category: Education, Living with Epilepsy

University and epilepsy

4th May 2019

It’s around this time of year that many students will already be making plans to go to university at the end of Summer. There’s a lot to consider: which university to go to, where to live, what to study and much more. It’s an exciting time and is often the first time that a young…

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Category: Education