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Health & Wellness: Detecting childhood epilepsy — it’s not their attention span

Sometimes Shelby would be there, but not “all there.” At the dinner table, her parents and siblings would catch her “zoning out”; she’d stop paying attention to the conversation and need to be jostled back to focus. They’d chide her for being so rude, then continue with their meal. It was just one of her quirks, they reasoned, and she’d grow out of it eventually.

Epilepsy Patients More Likely to Have Been Abused as Children, Study Finds

Childhood abuse, both sexual and emotional, is more frequently reported in epilepsy patients when compared to the general population, according to the results of a German study. These findings are in agreement with previous studies and highlight the need for additional vigilance on the familiar settings of children with epilepsy.

Left and Right Brain—The Surprising Truth

Neuroscientists and psychologists all around the world have put great effort into investigating the functions and differences of the left and right brain. The existence of differences between left brain and right brain have been proven by many studies. Especially valuable are the observations that have been made on brain injuries. In this article, you will learn everything about the left brain vs. right brain, including their functions and characteristics.

How to Choose a Medical Alert System

As technology advances, the range of options has grown! I have had many caregivers, parents and loved ones, ask me over the years what kind of Medical Alert/Monitoring Systems are there for someone with epilepsy.  Yes, some do work for a person with epilepsy.  There are a wide range of them today you can research and look at from personal emergency response systems, sleep monitors, watches and more that can offer piece of mind.

Pregnancy weight linked to epilepsy: study

Babies born to severely obese, or grade III obesity, was associated with an 82 per cent increased risk of epilepsy.   A study of almost 1.5 million children has found the risk of epilepsy almost doubled among those born to severely obese mothers.   Being overweight during the first trimester of pregnancy has been linked to an increased risk of childhood epilepsy.   A Swedish study of almost 1.5 million babies found the risk of epilepsy almost doubled from normal-weight women to very severely obese women.   Epilepsy disrupts the normal electrochemical activity of the brain resulting seizures.   The cause of this debilitating and often hard-to-treat condition is poorly understood.   With obesity on the rise, there is growing concern about the long-term neurological effects of children expose...

The Different Kind of Worried You Feel When Your Child Has Epilepsy

My Daughter Salina had a seizure at school the other day. He was wide awake at the time. That’s a first because until that day, he’d only ever had seizures in his sleep. I’m not sure what this means. My husband says it’s probably a one-time thing, nothing to worry about. But in our experience with epilepsy, there’s no such thing as a one-time thing.

Children and Teens with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy May Be More Prone to Depression

Children and teenagers who have temporal lobe epilepsy are more prone to depression than those with different types of epilepsy, new research suggests. The study, “The relationship of seizure focus with depression, anxiety, and health-related quality of life in children and adolescents with epilepsy,” was published in the journal Epilepsy and Behavior. Psychiatric disorders like depression and anxiety are commonly reported in children and teenagers with epilepsy. According to the study’s authors, Dr. William Schraegle and Dr. Jeffrey Titus, the findings confirm that these psychiatric disorders are associated more with temporal lobe epilepsy. The researchers reviewed data from 132 children and young people ages 6 to 18 who had either generalized or partial epilepsy. The partial epilepsy gro...

The quest by parents and scientists to end pediatric epilepsy

Piper Wood had her first seizure in a setting meant for sunscreen, snorkels, shovels, and pails. The island was remote – that was the point of this family vacation. Six months old and turning blue, Piper finally calmed down and drew breath again after the island’s well-trained doctor brought her hour-long seizure to a halt by admin- istering a mix of morphine and water into one of her tiny veins. Tim and Ashley Wood needed to get their daughter to a better-equipped hospital immediately, but night had fallen and no medevac could land in the dark. Word spread quickly, and, one by one, villagers arrived in their cars and parked side by side with their headlights shining on the runway.

How to Prevent Bullying of Children with Epilepsy, Other Medical Conditions

These strategies just might save a life. Bullying can be a serious problem for any child, but for children with a medical challengesuch as epilepsy, the risk is increased. Knowing the facts about bullying is the first step toward preventing victimization of children and teens with epilepsy or other medical conditions, and keeping them safe. What exactly is bullying, and how does it affect the children involved? Bullying consists of aggressive behaviors that are repeated over time and involve an abuse of power by the perpetrator. It may take the form of verbal or physical abuse, or, especially for girls, cyberbullying through social media. The child who bullies learns how to use power and aggression to control and distress another, and the child who is victimized learns about losing power a...

Teens With Epilepsy Prone to Depression

One in nine teens will experience depression but for teenagers who have epilepsy the fact is that up to 60 percent of them will experience depression or another psychiatric illness.   A double whammy because along with the seizure disorder,they’re much more prone to depression and other psychiatric problems. What’s worse, only about 33 percent of those teens will receive treatment. That lack of treatment may put teens with epilepsy at a higher risk for suicide as well. Up to 30 percent of people with epilepsy had attempted suicide, compared to about 7 percent of people without the disorder. “Kids with epilepsy are sort of hit twice,” said Dr. Sigita Plioplys, a pediatric neuropsychiatrist in the department of child and adolescent psychiatry at Children’s Memor...

Epilepsy Neurology / Neuroscience Pediatrics / Children’s Health Childhood-onset epilepsy has long-term effects on patients’ health and social status

Children and adolescents with epilepsy experience significant long-term socioeconomic consequences and higher personal health care costs. The findings come from a study that followed young epilepsy patients until 30 years of age. The study – which included more than 11,000 Danish youths with epilepsy and more than 23,000 controls – found that people with epilepsy, even many years after diagnosis, are neither able to compensate nor catch up with their peers in relation to overall health, education, and social status. “The findings indicate that greater efforts are needed to address the long-term needs of patients with epilepsy,” said Dr. Poul Jennum, lead author of the Epilepsia study.

Getting Disability Benefits for a Child With Epilepsy

Children with frequent seizures and low income can qualify for disability benefits from SSI. Children with epilepsy may be able to get federal disability benefits in the form of Supplemental Security Income (SSI.) However, to be eligible, the child must meet both the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) definition of disabled and an income and asset test (based on the child’s parents’ financial situation). This means that even if the SSA decides a child is disabled, he or she will not be entitled to SSI if the child’s parents make too much money or have too many other resources. (Learn more in our article on childhood SSI.)Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by seizures, which occur when the brain’s cells send too many signals to the body and disrupt the brain’s normal fu...

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