Developments in Behavioural Therapy It has emerged that the latest research undertaken at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School could change the way we develop epilepsy treatments.

Individuals with epilepsy often used medications in an attempt to reduce their seizures or in fact, stop them entirely. Whilst 70% of people with epilepsy in the UK experience positive changes with the right treatment, the remaining thirty per cent of individuals find that medications cannot control their epilepsy.

Therefore many individuals turn to alternative treatments such as specific diets or more evasive solutions such as vagus nerve stimulation or brain surgery. However, as initially mentioned new developments could change the way seizures are controlled. Read here for more information:

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Seizure First AidAs we have mentioned throughout our Christmas themed blogs this December, the risk of experiencing seizures is heightened during the festive period. Thanks to an abundance of food, late nights, alcohol, stress, and Christmas lights there are a number of potential triggers. It is therefore essential that we know what to do in the event of a seizure.

Whether you are a friend, family member of someone who has epilepsy or simply a stranger in the street we suggest that you take a look below for a handy guide on seizure first aid. In doing so, you could truly aid someone and ensure that the experience is as unfrightening as possible. Read on for more information:

Recognising A Seizure

You may think that a seizure simply constitutes convulsions and a dramatic fall, but this is not the case. In fact a seizure can vary from losing muscle control, unconsciousness, or a change in behaviour. Quite simply not all seizures involve spasms, convulsions, or loss of consciousness.

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Colourful christmas tree lightsFor every one hundred people who have epilepsy it is thought that 3 individuals will have photosensitive epilepsy.

For the 3% of people with photosensitivity, high streets, shop windows and neighbours joyously decorating their homes with flashing lights can be difficult to avoid at Christmas.

With few regulations in place to ensure that flashing lights aren?t too much of a risk, it is important that you understand what your own personal triggers may be, in general what triggers can cause seizures, and more importantly how to cope with these. Read on for more information on exactly what photosensitivity is and how you can reduce the risk of a trigger.

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Christmas Gift from Alert-iTDue to the success of last year?s campaign, the Alert-iT team have decided to run another Christmas campaign throughout December. In fact, we?re going to ensure that it is bigger, better, and even more informative than previous.

Running a series of blogs we aimed to inform you, whether you have epilepsy or care for someone who does, of the increased risks the season can bring. But how could we possibly make it better we hear you ask? Well, we?ll be providing even more useful tips, information, and guides to coping with epilepsy at Christmas. But even more, we will be giving away 4 of our brand new digital monitors; the Companion Mini. Find out more below:

The Prize

Did you know that the Companion Mini is the first fully digital monitor on the market? Encompassing high performance sensors, users no longer have to worry about the tangles of traditional wired solutions subsequently enabling free transportation of the alarm.

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Christmas tree background with gold blurred lightIt?s that time of year again. The nights are drawing darker, a crisp chill in the air, and Christmas just around the corner. The high street is lined with Christmas sales and adorned with decorations, our homes lit by flashing lights, and our tables filled with more food than we?re able to eat.

So whether Scrooge or fanatic, there are more than a few considerations throughout December which must be accounted for, particularly for individuals who have epilepsy.

After the success of our December 2014 campaign, the team at Alert-iT have decided to run another. Only this time it is going to be bigger, better, and even more informative than previous.

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Exercise and Epilepsy: ExplainedThe benefits of regular exercise are endless. Partaking in some form of physical activity can not only help with weight loss, but encourage healthy skin and hair, improves your mood, and combats stress and colds to name a few.

Therefore it stands to reason that regular exercise can also be beneficial for those who have epilepsy and the subsequent effects seizures can have on their bodies. However, unfortunately many individuals steer away from exercise due to misunderstood preconceptions about the safety of exercise and epilepsy. So, rather than avoid the great outdoors, read on for reasons to dust off your running shoes:

Current Research Suggests Positive Link

There has been a spike in recent research suggesting that exercise and keeping yourself physically fit reduces the risk of seizures. In fact, the University of Lisbon states that people with epilepsy are not largely in danger of an increased risk of seizures caused by physical exercise as once believed.

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Epilepsy Research Survey Results

As you can imagine there are a host of questions and queries regarding assistive technology such as tonic-clonic seizure alarms. When purchasing such an important piece of equipment it is essential that you get it right. However, there is currently very limited impartial information available to UK residents regarding both brands and the products themselves.

You might remember that a few months ago we encouraged you to take part in a survey carried out by Epilepsy Research UK. With the support of other charities they conducted independent research into individual?s experiences of using various tonic-clonic seizure alarms. Including reviews of the Alert-iT Companion Monitor the charity have now released the survey findings in an unbiased information document. Read on for more information:

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Coping with Epilepsy at Halloween

The air is crisp and the falling leaves are brilliant shades of oranges and reds. It can therefore only mean one thing; Autumn has arrived.

Other than chillier days, and darker evenings the Autumn season brings with it Halloween, a day loved by many. A day when children and adults alike can embrace the creativity of dressing up and attend themed parties. However, potential frights, flashing lights, and a stash of chocolate and sweets can be potentially harmful for individuals who have epilepsy.

The Origins of All Hallows Eve

Surprisingly Halloween is one of the oldest holidays in our calendar that is still celebrated today. For many it is simply an opportunity to dress up, attend parties and eat lots of sweet food whilst others view it as a day to get involved with superstitions, ghosts, and spirits.

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This October the team at Alert-iT are heading to the NEC in BirminghaJoin Us at Trade Days m for the annual Trade Days exhibition. Taking place on Sunday 18th and Monday 19th October, we?ll be on hand to share expert advice and information across all areas of assistive technology.

This trade only exhibition is a dedicated event for trade businesses involved specifically in the manufacture, supply, and retail of homecare, independent living, and assistive technology products. It aims to provide unrivalled information and advice for individuals and companies working within such sectors in order to shed light on any grey areas you may have as well as share the latest industry news.

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The Companion Mini from Alert-iT

We are delighted to announce the launch of our brand new epilepsy support monitor, the Companion Mini. For months the team at Alert-iT have been working hard to design and manufacture this digital support monitor and we are thrilled to finally share it with you. ????????????????

Part of our Ep-iT range of epilepsy support monitors, the Companion Mini possess high performance sensors enabling the detection of associated seizure movements to inform an individual or carer via the pager. Read on for more information about the first digital monitor of its kind:

The Companion Mini

The first of its kind the Companion Mini is a fully digital design encompassing high performance sensors. Thanks to this foremost feature the user is free from the tangles of traditional wires and consequently enables you to transport the monitor with ease when the occasion may arise.

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