Notepad with Vitamin D sunshine and notesWith continuous exploration and a handful of studies and research running at any one time, we often come across new findings within the Epilepsy community.

And this month there have been more conclusions between the correlation of vitamin D and epilepsy; particularly amongst children.

Individuals with epilepsy more often than not turn to medications in an attempt to reduce their seizures. Whilst 70% of those who do so experience positive changes with the right treatment, others may face side effects such as vitamin deficiency. Read here for more information:

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Staff from Alert-iT and Fable at Sheffield United footbal ground. Players drawing competition winnersIt has been a pretty fast paced start to the year here at Alert-iT and it?s hard to believe that it is already February.

But despite the days running by you may remember that throughout December we ran yet another Epilepsy Awareness Campaign which aimed to inform you, whether you have epilepsy or care for someone who does, of the increased risks the season can bring.

Our useful?Christmas How-To Guide provided you with an introduction to the potential risks associated with Christmas followed by achievable solutions and actionable tips. Digging out a host of blog posts from our 2014 campaign, the team compiled even more informative pieces of information such as our guide to seizure first aid.

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Stack of pancakes with berries and syrupWith Shrove Tuesday just around the corner pancakes should traditionally be on the menu. Whether breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert they are a sweet or savoury treat enjoyed by many. Opt for thick and fluffy American style or French Crepes and finish with a topping of whatever your desire.

However, for those who are currently on the Ketogenic Diet, either child or adult, such foods may prove a slight issues in terms of suitable ingredients. But worry no more as we highlight exactly what is suitable and provide some recipe suggestions in our latest blog:

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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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