Epilepsy Articles – April 2019

EWCT brings you the latest news on epilepsy-related articles Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders found in children. Although the origins of epilepsy are quite complex and still poorly understood, there are many genetic factors contributing to disease development.

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Ketogenic diet therapies for epilepsy

Epilepsy affects at least 48,000 New Zealanders. Unfortunately, around one third of these people cannot achieve seizure control with conventional medications. Despite the addition of new anti-epileptic drugs, overall seizure control in newly diagnosed epilepsy patients has not fundamentally changed over the years. Surgery may help some of these people but, for most of them, the medications do not work, and surgery is not an

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Support EWCT by purchasing an Entertainment Book

Support Epilepsy Waikato Charitable Trust again this year by purchasing an Entertainment Book. What is the Entertain Book? The Entertainment Book, and the Entertainment Digital Membership, are your guide to the most popular restaurants, attractions, shopping, travel and more in the Waikato region (also available in other NZ regions). Benefits include: Discover over $20,000 worth of valuable up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers Exclusive Member

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Epilepsy Articles – March 2019

EWCT brings you the latest news on epilepsy-related articles EWCT is holding an information night on “Ketogenic Diet Therapies in Adults with Epilepsy”. All are welcome. https://ewct.org.nz/ketogenic-diet-information-night Despite a wide array of anti-epileptic drugs and the option of surgery, one-third of children and adults with epilepsy continue to suffer from drug-resistant seizures. Many of these patients may benefit from a ketogenic diet, a non-pharmacologic therapy

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Epilepsy Articles – February 2019

EWCT brings you the latest news on epilepsy-related articles When we think of anxiety, we often think of a mental health condition that induces feelings of worry, concern, fear and nervousness. But, although we are absolutely correct to assume that this is a problem that starts in the brain, it is actually just as much a physical state as it is a mental one. https://www.countryliving.com/uk/wellbeing/a1766/what-are-physical-symptoms-anxiety/

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Ketogenic Diet Information Night

UPDATE: Slides and more information from Dr Phillip’s talk is now available here: The Epilepsy Waikato Charitable Trust (EWCT) is holding an information night on: “Ketogenic Diet Therapies in Adults with Epilepsy” Our guest speaker is: Dr Matthew Phillips (neurologist at the Waikato Hospital) When: Tuesday 9th April, 2019 Where: St Peter’s Cathedral, 51 Victoria Street, Hamilton Time: 7 pm onwards Koha appreciated please The

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Epilepsy and Women

Some women living with epilepsy face many challenging issues simply because of their hormones, oestrogen and progesterone. Oestrogen makes the neurons in the brain produce more electrical discharge, and is seen as an excitatory hormone, whilst progesterone calms them down and is the inhibitory hormone. If a woman’s body is producing more oestrogen than progesterone then the central nervous system is more excitable and a

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SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death by Epilepsy)

SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death by Epilepsy) is a very sensitive topic because it highlights the fact that epilepsy, as a condition, carries a small risk of premature death. To die from SUDEP is uncommon but it is the single-most important cause of death in people with epilepsy, and it happens suddenly and without warning. American studies suggests that SUDEP occurs in approximately 1 in 1,000

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Epilepsy Articles – January 2019

EWCT brings you the latest news on epilepsy-related articles Psychogenic nonepileptic events are common–accounting for an estimated 20% or more of patients seeking medical care at comprehensive epilepsy centres. They resemble and are hard to distinguish from true epileptic seizures and are related to psychological factors rather than electrical disturbances in the brain. Since epilepsy is difficult to diagnose, individuals with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures are often

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“Leading the Way” Newsletter – December 2018

It is the end of another busy year for EWCT and we can safely say that we are going from strength-to-strength as the regional epilepsy provider of choice. We work hard to serve the needs of our communities in all areas of the Waikato DHB, as a non-government funded charity, and we greatly appreciate your support. Here are the many highlights from the latter part

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