Startle epilepsy

29th January 2019

Startle epilepsy (or startle-induced seizures) is a type of reflex epilepsy whereby a seizure is caused by a sudden and unexpected stimulus. This could be a wide variety of things, and it often varies from person to person. Some people with epilepsy may be particularly sensitive to one type of stimulus. Startle epilepsy is very…

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Dravet syndrome

23rd January 2019

Dravet syndrome, also known as severe myoclonic epilepsy in infancy (SME), is a very rare childhood epilepsy syndrome. It affects as few as 1 in 500 children with epilepsy and most commonly starts with seizures that are very similar in character to that of febrile convulsions. Although this syndrome may develop from as young as…

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The relationship between seizures and strokes

17th January 2019

As you may already be aware, there is a common link between seizures and strokes. Both affect the brain and can influence emotions, mobility, communication, memory and behaviour in a person. This can make it much more difficult to recognise seizures in a person who has had a stroke. It’s also true that seizures can…

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Alcohol and Epilepsy

14th January 2019

If you have been recently diagnosed with epilepsy, you might wonder how safe it is to drink alcohol. One of the chief concerns is whether alcohol can increase the risk of seizures and how it might react with the medication you have been prescribed. Please note, the information in this post is general and you…

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Hemiplegia in children with epilepsy

17th December 2018

Hemiplegia, much like epilepsy, is a neurological condition that’s caused by damage to the brain. A child can be born with this damage, or it can be developed after a stroke, accident or perhaps a tumour, which is known as ‘acquired hemiplegia’. It is caused by damage to one hemisphere of the brain and 1…

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Caring for a baby when you have epilepsy

17th December 2018

Many new mothers and fathers who have epilepsy will be anxious about how their epilepsy will affect their ability to care for a baby. Let us assure you that there are many new parents out there who are facing the same issues successfully. There is no reason that you can’t be as involved as any…

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