Category: "Seizures"

Retired Pittsburgh firefighter Cerminara files suit over sick pay

Retired Pittsburgh firefighter Cerminara files suit over sick pay

By Rich Lord / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette   A retired firefighter who once took the city of Pittsburgh to court after he was taken off the job due to his epilepsy sued again today, alleging that the director of public safety is withholding his accumulated sick pay as retaliation for talking with media. David Cerminara, 56, of Banksville, […]

Most epilepsy patients are unaware of increased fracture risk

Most epilepsy patients are unaware of increased fracture risk

By Eleanor McDermid Few patients with epilepsy are aware that taking anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) puts them at increased risk for falls and fractures, report researchers. “This study… highlights the need for better education on the risk of fracture, falls, and adverse effects of bone health among persons with epilepsy treated with AEDs,” says Alison Pack (Columbia University, […]

New video article describes novel procedure that can monitor brain function

New video article describes novel procedure that can monitor brain function

A new video article in JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, describes a novel procedure to monitor brain function and aid in functional mapping of patients with diseases such as epilepsy. This procedure illustrates the use of pre-placed electrodes for cortical mapping in the brains of patients who are undergoing surgery to minimize the frequency of seizures. This technique, while […]

Patient recovering from epilepsy surgery, showing no signs of seizures

Last week we brought you a story about the first epilepsy surgery at Spectrum health. This is an update on the condition of Bill Schrumpf, the first patient to receive this surgery at spectrum. He is seizure free so far and GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Five days after undergoing surgery to treat his epilepsy, Bill Schrumpf is home and recovering […]

McGill Researchers Discover The Cause Of An Inherited Form Of Epilepsy

Researchers at McGill University have discovered the cause of an inherited form of epilepsy. The disease, known as double-cortex syndrome, primarily affects females and arises from mutations on a gene located on the X chromosome. Drs. Susanne Bechstedt and Gary Brouhard of the Department of Biology have used a highly advanced microscope to discover how these […]

Seizures: When ‘electrical brainstorm’ hits

Nathan Jones was 18 when he had his first seizure. He lost consciousness, fell off his porch and woke up to hear a paramedic yelling at him to name the president of the United States. Over the next four years, Jones had 10 or 11 more generalized tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures. He had seizures in […]

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