Epilepsy Articles – March 2020

EWCT brings you the latest news on epilepsy-related articles

  1. “The ketogenic, or keto, diet is a popular eating plan that limits carbohydrates and focuses on protein and healthful fats.

    People who follow a keto diet try to limit their carb intake to 50 grams (g) per day.

    The purpose of this restriction is to force the body to use ketones, which are acids formed in the liver, or fat to provide caloric needs.

    This article explores the keto diet in more detail and lists some of the best keto-friendly snacks.”

  2. One in three people with epilepsy will at some point in their lives have a psychiatric disorder,” said Dr. Kanner, citing a population-based study of 36,984 subjects that compared people with and without epilepsy.

    Anxiety is a core emotion that many people experience at certain points in life. Anxiety can become a disorder, however, if it gets out of hand, it causes a constant feeling of nervousness, distress, and unease for no apparent reason.

    It has been usual practice to classify anxiety disorders in people with epilepsy according to the temporal relationship between the anxiety symptoms and the epileptic seizures. Here are the types of anxiety linked to epilepsy.
  3. Stress is a natural feeling of not being able to cope with specific demands and events. However, stress can become a chronic condition if a person does not take steps to manage it.

    Learning to manage stress becomes an important life skill when coping with epilepsy.

  4. As COVID-19 moves from epidemic to pandemic status, this article discusses what implications this may have for all of us and describe how experts have reacted. We also share some coping strategies for anxiety.

    This is a brief article on coronavirus and epilepsy: https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/info/daily-life/safety/coronavirus-covid-19

    Here is a little video produced by the British NHS on how to wash your hands. Please note that the advice regarding COVID-19 and handwashing is currently the same for anyone with epilepsy as the general public:

  5. COVID-19 and the flu can cause similar symptoms. However, there are several differences between them.

    The novel strain of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) causes coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19). Both COVID-19 and the flu are respiratory illnesses that spread from person to person. This article will discuss the differences between COVID-19 and the flu.

    Stay informed with live updates on the current COVID-19 outbreak