UK Child Epilepsy Rate Witnesses Decline

EpilepsyA recent study has shed light on how childhood epilepsy in the UK is dropping. The claims have been made by researchers from University College London, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Young Epilepsy, the University of Edinburgh, and Paddington Green Health Centre, in a joint study after they examined the data from the Health Improvement Network. All these represent a database of approximately 5% of the UK population.

They basically examined the trends in the UK among children between the age of 0 and 14, born between 1994 and 2008 with factor determinants like age, gender, and social deprivation.

It was concluded that the number of children born between 2003 and 2005 who have gone through epilepsy treatment by the age of five were a third less than children born around 10 years back. With stats showing a significant drop, it seems health experts managed to raise the bar of diagnosing the patients at right time and subsequently providing treatment. In addition, it was also made known that the number of new cases has gone down considerably.

The authors of the research said, "The decline since the mid-1990s in epilepsy recorded in primary care may be due to more specific diagnosis, cessation of treatment for some forms of epilepsy, reduced exposure to risk factors or all of these factors".