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Check Up is your chance to talk to doctors about the health issues that most concern you and your family. Each week Barbara Myers is joined by a medical expert to take your calls and emails on a particular topic and give you the most up to date advice. No appointment necessary.
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Thursday 31 July  2003
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Epilepsy and Seizures

One in 20 people will have a seizure during their lifetime. But around one in 133 people in the UK suffer from regular seizures and have been diagnosed with epilepsy.

Once upon a time, epilepsy was shrouded in disgrace and secrecy, and people with the condition were stigmatised.

Nowadays, epilepsy is recognised as the most common serious condition affecting the nervous system.

Why me?
Anyone can develop epilepsy – it can be hereditary, or triggered by events such as brain injury and infection.

For many, seizures start in infancy. But the likelihood of developing epilepsy increases again after 65.

Women and epilepsy
Recent research suggests a link between female hormone levels and epileptic attacks. The Women and Epilepsy campaign, launched this week, highlights specific concerns for women about contraception, pregnancy and the menopause.

How do you modify your lifestyle to cope with the onset of epilepsy? What should you do if someone starts having a seizure? What triggers them?

Presenter Barbara Myers will be joined by a top epilepsy specialist, Prof John Duncan, who can advise you on all aspects of the condition.

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You can ask your question, or give us your comments by calling 08700 100 400, or e-mail checkup@bbc.co.uk

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