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Epilepsy is a long-term condition that affects 1 in 50 Australians. Learn more about the causes, how it is diagnosed and the types of seizures.
What to do when someone has a seizure
Epilepsy affects about 250,000 Australians, so it's likely you know someone with epilepsy or you'll see someone having a seizure. Here's what you do when a person has a seizure.
A ketogenic (or ‘keto’) diet is an extremely-low carbohydrate diet sometimes used as a complementary treatment for certain groups of people, such as children with epilepsy.
An electroencephalogram, or EEG, is a test that measures the electrical activity of the brain. It can be used to diagnose or monitor conditions such as epilepsy and sleep disorders. Learn more about this diagnostic test from a trusted source.
Absence seizures are epileptic seizures that cause someone to stare into space and lose awareness for a few seconds. Find out more about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment here.
Nervous system diseases
Find out more about specific nervous system diseases, including signs and symptoms of particular conditions, how they are diagnosed and where to go for support.
Certain things are known to trigger seizures (or fits), such as flashing light, lack of sleep or drugs. Other causes include medical conditions. Find out more about seizures and what to do if someone has a fit.
What does a neurologist do?
A neurologist is a specialist physician who treats conditions like epilepsy that affect the nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord and nerves.
A healthy brain is quick and efficient. Problems like inflammation, loss of brain cells, tumours, trauma and age-related diseases can change that. Learn more.
Cerebral palsy damages the nervous system and muscle control, affecting movement and coordination. While the cause is often unknown, there are risk factors.