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Climate change

Epilepsy Society is calling for human health to be higher up the climate change agenda, as scientists report the true cost of global warming on neurological conditions including epilepsy.

Evidence is already suggesting a link between increased temperatures and some aspects of neurological conditions, such as seizures.

Read the latest updates on our work around climate change.

 

"As doctors, we have a responsibility to ensure that our practices do not negatively impact on those in our care. More research is needed, but the effects of climate change on people with severe epilepsy are already becoming apparent."

Professor Sanjay Sisodiya, Director of Genomic Research and founding member of Epilepsy Climate Change (EpiCC)

People with some severe epilepsies such as Dravet syndrome have reported an increase in seizures during the unusually hot summers of recent years. And in our survey of more than 1,000 people with epilepsy, 62 per cent of those whose seizures were uncontrolled, said that they saw an increase in seizure frequency or severity.

We believe it is important to address the cost of climate change to human health as a matter of urgency. We believe this to be particularly so in the field of epilepsy.

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Epilepsy Climate Change (EpiCC)

Epilepsy Climate Change (EpiCC) is a virtual global initiative for healthcare professionals to foster research, share knowledge, disseminate information and promote practices that reduce contributions to climate change and help mitigate its effects for people with epilepsy.

Latest updates

Seizures and hot summers

Thank you to everyone who took part in our recent surveys looking at the impact of excessively high temperatures on seizures. These have provided us with some invaluable insight into the link between the two and will help to influence our work as we experience increasingly hot summers.