Category: "Epilepsy"

Frequently Asked Questions About Epilepsy – Part 1

Atonic Seizures

Overview A seizure happens when electrical activity in the brain surges suddenly. Atonic seizures are a type of seizure that causes sudden loss of muscle strength. These seizures are also called akinetic seizures, drop attacks or drop seizures. The sudden lack of muscle strength, or tone, can cause the person to fall to the ground. The person […]

Frequently Asked Questions About Epilepsy – Part 1

Epilepsy: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment And Prognosis

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that can affect people of all ages. The distinguishing feature of this disease is the recurrence of convulsive seizures to which the patient falls prey Information passes from the brain to the nerves via neurons (nerve cells) and constitutes brain activity; this is an electrochemical process that can be followed […]

Frequently Asked Questions About Epilepsy – Part 1

Absence Seizures

Absence seizures involve brief, sudden lapses of consciousness. They’re more common in children than in adults. Someone having an absence seizure may look like he or she is staring blankly into space for a few seconds. Then, there is a quick return to a normal level of alertness. This type of seizure usually doesn’t lead […]

Frequently Asked Questions About Epilepsy – Part 1

Focal Seizures

Focal (focal) seizures begin in one area of the brain. Focal seizures can be simple or complex. Based on the seizure description, physicians may be able to identify in which part of the brain the seizures are originating. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Seizures are divided in to two major groups: generalized seizures and focal […]

New gene therapy for epilepsy hits seizures where they start

New gene therapy for epilepsy hits seizures where they start

There are many different types of epileptic seizures, but all of them spur from batches of overactive neurons. While gene therapies have shown promise in treating epilepsy, most of those developed so far tend to impact cells across an entire region of the brain rather than selecting for pathologically excited neurons. Other strategies such as […]

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