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epilepsy

Brain and Nervous Systemepilepsy
May 13, 2019

What are absence seizures?

An absence seizure is where you experience a short period of “blanking out” or staring into space.. The seizures usually last for such a short time that no-one notices them, even the person who just had it.
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Brain and Nervous Systemepilepsy
October 15, 2017

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a disorder of the nervous system (the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles), and it causes sudden and recurring episodes of loss of consciousness, convulsions and sensory disturbance. These are all things which are associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Normally, neurones (cells) in your brain communicate with each other using electrical impulses, and these electrical signals travel along the nerves to the rest of your body, giving your muscles “instructions” to move. Convulsions happen when there is unusual electrical activity in the brain, which causes muscles to tighten and relax rapidly, or stop moving completely.…
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Brain and Nervous Systemepilepsy
February 10, 2017

Living with epilepsy

Epilepsy is often overlooked as it’s not a disease, illness, psychiatric disorder or a mental illness. Instead, it’s a symptom of a neurological disorder, and is typified by unusual electrical activity in your brain. This activity manifests as seizures. Anyone can be affected by epilepsy regardless of gender, age and race. Triggers Sleep deprivation. Poor diet. Alcohol or drug abuse. Not taking epilepsy medication. Flashing lights or bright patterns. Menstruation and pregnancy in women. There are different types of seizures and knowing how to recognise them will help you to manage them. The two common types are called primary generalised…
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Brain and Nervous Systemepilepsy
May 24, 2016

5 Questions to ask your doctor about your epilepsy medication

Medication for epilepsy can control seizures in about 7 out of every 10 patients. It’s important for your doctor to get an accurate diagnosis of the type of epilepsy, so you can get the best treatment combination. Remember: these medications don’t cure epilepsy: they only keep you from getting epileptic attacks. Keep taking them, even when you feel fine. 1. How does my doctor decide on my medication? Your medication can be given in the form of tablets, capsules, liquids or syrups. The choice of medication depends on: Your age Type of epilepsy How bad and frequent your seizures are…
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Brain and Nervous Systemepilepsy
March 2, 2015

Mid-air seizure rescue

Do you know what to do when someone has a seizure? Let’s rephrase: Do you know what to do when someone has a seizure while falling at 200 km/h? It may sound farfetched, but this is exactly what Sheldon McFarlane, skydiving instructor had to deal with in November last year. (more…)
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Brain and Nervous Systemepilepsy
June 20, 2014

What you should do if someone has an epileptic seizure

In its simplest form, epilepsy is a neurological disorder that affects your central nervous system – the part of your body that processes and interprets information, determines a response and transmits that response through the spinal cord to the right body part – helping you breathe, sweat, dance and even blink. (more…)
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