New guidance on the prescription of sodium valproate for women of childbearing age

29th April 2019

13 UK healthcare bodies have combined to provide new guidance on the prescription of sodium valproate medications for women of childbearing age. These medications include those under brand names such as Epilim, Epival, Episenta, Convulex and Orlept. The risks of prescribing sodium valproate The prescription of sodium valproate to women of childbearing age has long…

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Epilepsy with myoclonic absences

23rd April 2019

This rare form of epilepsy is slightly more prevalent in males than in females. Epilepsy with myoclonic absences is a syndrome that has no known cause, however, it’s believed that it is likely genetic as 25 out of 100 children with this particular syndrome also have a relative who also has epilepsy. Myoclonic absences are…

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Is fasting dangerous for a person with epilepsy?

16th April 2019

Next month marks the start of Ramadan, which begins on the 5th of May and ends on the 4th of June. During this time, Muslim’s from around the world fast for a month to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran. Those observing the tradition will abstain from food and drink during the hours that…

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Electrical status epilepticus during slow-wave sleep (ESESS)

27th March 2019

ESESS is a particularly rare epilepsy syndrome that develops in mid-childhood, around 4-5 years and normally affects children who already have epilepsy. It accounts for just 0.2% - 0.5% of childhood epilepsy syndromes and it’s slightly more common in males than females (62%). The cause of this syndrome is still currently unknown. What are the…

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Cannabis-based medicines are legal, so why is it still so hard to get a prescription?

20th March 2019

On November 1st 2018, cannabis-based medicines became legal in what was a momentous turning point for many families who had fought for legality. A young boy named Billy Caldwell and his family made national news as a result of their plight and campaign to have cannabis-based medicines made available after it had shown effectiveness in…

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Anxiety and Epilepsy

14th March 2019

Feeling anxious is an emotion that many people will be familiar with, it’s most commonly felt when we find ourselves in a challenging or threatening situation. An evolutionary trait that kicks in our fight or flight reflex and survival instincts. It’s completely normal to feel anxious in these situations, however, should it develop into something…

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