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New epilepsy drug launched

New epilepsy drug launched

Eisai have just launched their new epilepsy drug Perampanel, also known as Fycompa.  Clinical trials have shown that it can be effective in the treatment of partial onset seizures, in particular with secondary generalisations.

Perampanel works differently to any other licenced epilepsy drugs.  The drug targets AMPA receptors in the brain which play an important part in how seizures start and spread across the brain.  For more information on th Read More »

Perth Epilepsy Information Event

Perth Epilepsy Information Event

If you live in Perth, don't miss our information event on 28 September.   We will be setting up stall at the Perth Library for the Disabled between 11am and 3pm.   Our friendly contact officers will be on hand to provide information on epilepsy to anyone affected by it.

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Information events in Aberdeen and Peterhead

Information events in Aberdeen and Peterhead

We are continuing our mini 'tour of Scotland' with a stop in Aberdeen on 13 September, with an information stall at the Union Square Shopping Centre between 2pm and 6.30pm. This is followed by a stop in Peterhead on 14 September at the Peterhead library between 10am and 2pm.  Come along to pick up information on epilepsy or for a chat with one of Read More »

Supporters Share Employment Stories

Supporters Share Employment Stories

Some of our supporters share how their employers have helped them at work.  Take a look at this short film on employability by LTCAS (Long-Term Conditions Alliance Scotland).

 

 

People with epilepsy can sometimes face difficulties when looking for work or staying in employment. In recognition of this, a Read More »

Next stop: Musselburgh

Next stop: Musselburgh

Our mini 'Tour of Scotland' continues with our next Information Event at Musselburgh.     If you are in the area on 7 August, come and meet us at the Musselburgh Library between 11am and 3pm. Our contact team will be there to chat to you and answer your questions about epilepsy.

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Hot off the press - our new Epilepsy guide

Hot off the press - our new Epilepsy guide

For quick and accessible information about epilepsy, check out our new 'Epilepsy explained ' guide.  This practical step by step guide is for anyone newly diagnosed or those who simply want to learn more about epilepsy.  It covers many frequently asked questions on seizure triggers, first aid, treatment, driving, safety, memory and much more.   The guide can be downloaded Read More »

50-50 Chance of Decent Epilepsy Care

50-50 Chance of Decent Epilepsy Care

With half of Scotland’s health boards failing to meet national standards, people with seizures have a 50-50 chance of seeing a GP or practice nurse trained in epilepsy.
NHS Health Improvement Scotland’s latest report reveals the geographical winners and losers where one in two boards has not been commended for good practice. 
 

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Kilmarnock Information Event

Kilmarnock Information Event

Come and meet us at our Information Event in Kilmarnock on 12 July. You can find us at the Burns Shopping Mall, Burns Precinct, Kilmarnock between 11am and 3pm.  This is a free event open to anyone.  Pop along for a chat with our Contact Team or pick up free information.

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Epilepsy is much more than seizures

Epilepsy is much more than seizures

Watch our powerful new video highlighting just some of the physical consequences, social challenges and profound emotional experiences of people affected by epilepsy. Some of the people we work with speak candidly about the wider effects that epilepsy has had on their life:

 

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Breaking news: relaxation of driving regulations

Breaking news: relaxation of driving regulations

The DVLA have just announced they will relax some of the current driving regulations for people with epilepsy.  These changes will come into effect later this year and are expected to benefit many people with epilepsy:

 

  • For the first time, anyone who has only ever had seizures while asleep may now be considered for a licence after one year Read More »

Epilepsy News Issue 19 out now

Epilepsy News Issue 19 out now

Check out our latest newsletter featuring 'In sickness and in health' – a moving account by Janis Wilson describing the effects that uncontrolled seizures have on her and her partner, 'Fighting fit' - Sport and fitness lecturer George Gibson shares how he turned his life around and now helps others achieve their goal and much more.
 

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Employment Support Allowance factsheet

Employment Support Allowance factsheet

We have a new factsheet on Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).  This is a benefit that provides financial help to people who are unable to work because of illness or disability.  It can also provide personalised support to those who are able to work.

Incapacity Benefit, Income Support paid because of an illness or disability, and Severe Disablement Allowance are being phased out.  If you get one of these benefits your claim will be reviewed to se Read More »

Schools Poster Competition Winners

Schools Poster Competition Winners

Congratulations to Oakgrove Primary School in Glasgow whose pupils contributed 3 prize-winning entries to this year’s epilepsy poster competition as part of National Epilepsy Week. Congratulations to Louise, P3 and Zain, P6 who are the winners, with Rachel, P6 as runner up.  Well done everyone! The winning posters are on our National Epilepsy Week page.

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