The changing landscape of epilepsy treatments: what does the future hold?
Epilepsy affects approximately 50 million people worldwide and The WHO estimates that up to 70%1 of them could live seizure-free if properly diagnosed and treated. Epilepsy is a chronic disease of the central nervous system which affects people of all ages, ethnicities, locations and socio-economic backgrounds. It is characterised by recurrent, unprovoked seizures, resulting from abnormal neural activity in the brain.2 Seizures can range in severity, type and cause, making the diagnosis and selection of the right treatment particularly difficult for physicians.
Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science!
In 2015, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared February 11 the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.1 With science and gender equality both key international development goals, engaging women and girls in science has been an important area of focus worldwide in recent decades; however, as the infographic below demonstrates, there’s still a lot of work to be done.2,3
Why I’m ditching self-diagnosis
You wake up one morning with what feels like a jackhammer inside your skull.
Your throat is raw from coughing and your nose is so stuffed that you reminisce about the days when you were a member of the Five Senses Club. Hidden among the pile of scrunched up Kleenex is your phone, but after a few thumb taps, the heart palpitations that WebMD has given you make your snotty nose seem almost pleasant.