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Men sought for vital research into epilepsy

Epilepsy Action is carrying out a survey into men and epilepsy and needs the help of the men's health community. The organisation recognises that many men who are living with epilepsy often experience particular difficulties relating to their epilepsy and the effects of anti-epileptic medication and wants to know more.

The aims of the research are to investigate ways epilepsy can impact on men's physical, psychological and social well being, how men use medical services, and how they would prefer to access information and advice.

One in 133 people in the UK has epilepsy — around 440,000 — making it the second most common neurological condition after migraine. Epilepsy is defined as a tendency to have recurrent seizures. Seizures are caused by a temporary change in the way the brain cells work. Epilepsy is commonly thought of as a single condition. In fact there are many different kinds of epilepsy and over forty different seizure types. Each person will experience epilepsy in a way that is unique to them.

Epilepsy can affect anyone, at any age and from any walk of life. Many people develop epilepsy during childhood and people over the age of 60 are more likely to develop the condition. However, epilepsy can develop at any age. Boys and men tend to be slightly more prone to develop it than girls and women.

Please spread the word. If you would like to take part in this important research or know anyone who could, please contact Margaret Rawnsley by phone (0113 210 8800), by email or download the questionnaire direct. More information is available onEpilepsy Action's website.

  • If you would like to further information about epilepsy you can ring Epilepsy Action's Freephone Helpline 0808 800 5050 or email the Helpline
  • The closing date for return of the questionnaires will be 31 October 2004.

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