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Research about brothers and sisters of children with epilepsy

16 November, 2006

A new study, by researchers from the State University of Campinas in Brazil,
suggests that the effect of epilepsy on the brothers and sisters of
children with the condition may be more severe than previously thought

The
study found that only four per cent of the children were ashamed about
their brother or sister's diagnosis of epilepsy. However, half of the
children had not told their friends that their brother or sister had
epilepsy.

The
authors claim the teenagers see epilepsy as more physically damaging
than asthma, diabetes, arthritis, migraine, leukemia and HIV. The study
suggested that only Down's syndrome was considered 'more debilitating
than epilepsy.'

They believed that epilepsy
caused mental disability, injured the affected person
and bystanders and could lead to death more often. They also found that epilepsy had a negative
social impact, particularly on behaviour, honesty,
popularity, sporting ability and fun.

The research is published in the December 2006 issue of Seizure, the European Journal for Epilepsy