Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain and causes repeated seizures, also known as fits.
Epilepsy affects more than 500,000 people in the UK. This means almost 1 in 100 people has the condition. Epilepsy usually begins during childhood, although it can start at any age.
Seizures are the most common symptom of epilepsy, although many people can have a seizure during their lifetime without developing epilepsy.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects nerves in the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of symptoms including problems with muscle movement, balance and vision.
Each nerve fibre in the brain and spinal cord is surrounded by a layer of protein called myelin, which protects the nerve and helps electrical signals from the brain travel to the rest of the body. In MS, the myelin becomes damaged.
Parkinson’s disease is a condition in which part of the brain becomes progressively damaged over many years.
The three main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are:
- tremor (involuntary shaking of particular parts of the body)
- slow movement
- stiff and inflexible muscles
The aim of the Association of British Neurologists is to promote excellent standards of care and champion high-quality education and world-class research in neurology.
Epilepsy Action is the UK’s leading epilepsy organisation and exists to improve the lives of everyone affected by the condition. As a member-led association, we are led by and represent people with epilepsy, their friends, families and healthcare professionals. Epilepsy can affect anyone at any age and from any walk of life, and globally over 50 million people have the condition. Epilepsy Action is here to support people every step of the way through living with the condition.
The MS Society is the UK’s leading MS charity. Since 1953, we’ve been providing information and support, funding research and fighting for change.
We're the UK's Parkinson's support and research charity.
For more than 40 years we've been working to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's.