As National Epilepsy Week has drawn to a close, we’re looking back at some of the myths we busted over the seven days. Each day we tackled a different myth to uncover the truth about some of the issues people with epilepsy highlighted to us.
During the week, we were alerted to another myth about epilepsy that needed busting:
Myth: Dog mess can cause epilepsy
Fact: It is very unlikely that you would develop epilepsy after coming into contact with dog faeces
It has been reported that dog mess can cause epilepsy. Some local authorities have used this message in their dog fouling campaigns to encourage dog owners to clean-up after their dogs. Read more >>
- People with epilepsy can’t drive
- All seizures look the same
- Cosmetics and beauty treatments
- People with epilepsy can't donate blood or organs
- Cycling is dangerous if you have epilepsy
- People with epilepsy shouldn't become nursery nurses, teachers or lecturers
- Epileptic seizures are always triggered by flashing lights
Edwards education awards announced
We are pleased to announce the winners of the Edwards 2013. Six schools and colleges across the UK are receiving awards. They are all providing a supportive learning environment to pupils or students with epilepsy.
Wednesday's Guardian epilepsy supplement
There was a special twelve-page epilepsy supplement in Wednesday's edition of the Guardian newspaper. It featured articles and interviews with people with epilepsy and leading figures in the epilepsy world, including Epilepsy Action's vice-president Paul Maynard MP.
Myth or Fact Quiz
Think you know about epilepsy? Take our Myth or Fact quiz, designed for National Epilepsy Week.
Bus passengers become epilepsy aware
Epilepsy Action has unveiled new bus adverts to help bus passengers in Bath to become more epilepsy aware. Read more >>
There are a couple more National Epilepsy Week related events happening next week:
Wednesday 29 May
- We're running a collection at the Morrison's store in Guiseley, Leeds. If you can help out, please email Kirendeep on email@example.com or call her on 0113 210 8821.
Thursday 30 May
- We're running a collection and doing bag-packing at the Morrison's store in Yeadon, Leeds. If you can help out, please email Kirendeep on firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 0113 210 8821.
If you can’t make it to one of our events you can still support people living with, and caring for, people with epilepsy. Make a donation online now and share the link with your friends. Or, if you're in the UK, text NEWW55 £3 to 70070 to donate £3 to help us smash our fundraising target of £2013 during National Epilepsy Week 2013.