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People with epilepsy at slightly increased risk of more severe COVID-19 symptoms, study suggests

30 Nov 2020

There is a slightly increased risk of hospital admission and death from COVID-19 in people with epilepsy, according to a new study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

The research, published in October 2020, looked at risk factors for hospital admissions and death from COVID-19 in 6.08 million adults across England. The data were collected between 24 January and 30 April.

Epilepsy not a priority in NHS Long Term Plan, epilepsy organisation says

10 Jan 2019

Epilepsy organisation Epilepsy Action has said it is disappointed with the lack of priority given to epilepsy in the NHS Long Term Plan.

The Long Term Plan was published on 7 January, detailing how the NHS intends to move healthcare forward over the next 10 years.

In a post, Epilepsy Action highlighted that while epilepsy is mentioned in the plan, it is not made a priority.

Specialist clinicians in the UK can prescribe cannabis-based medicines to people with “exceptional clinical need”

1 Nov 2018

From today, specialist clinicians can prescribe cannabis-based medicines in the UK to patients with “exceptional clinical need”. They will no longer need to apply to an expert panel for a licence.

The UK government has rescheduled cannabis-based medicines under the Misuse of Drugs regulations 2001. They are now no longer listed under Schedule 1 alongside substances considered to have no therapeutic effect. 

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