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GP study shows deprivation link to epilepsy

Patients in deprived areas are five times more likely to have epilepsy than the national average, Dr George Barlow's research has revealed.

Dr Barlow, a GP in Glasgow and lead clinician on the study funded by the charity Epilepsy Scotland, said prevalence in the poorest areas of the city reached 2.4 per cent. The national average is 0.5 per cent.

Of a sample of 100,000 patients in the city some 1,300 had epilepsy, a conference on primary care management of epilepsy in Glasgow was told last week.

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