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Focal Onset Seizures (Partial Seizures)

Focal Onset Seizures (Partial Seizures)

What is a focal onset seizure? The human brain works by sending electrical signals through neurons, which are nerve cells. A seizure occurs when there’s a sudden burst of chaotic electrical activity. This causes a host of physical symptoms, like muscle contractions, visual disturbances, and blackouts. Seizures can affect the entire brain. A focal onset […]

Could yoga help people with epilepsy? A new Cleveland Clinic study aims to find a link between stress and seizures

Could yoga help people with epilepsy? A new Cleveland Clinic study aims to find a link between stress and seizures

For about a third of all epilepsy patients, anti-seizure medication doesn’t work. That’s why the Cleveland Clinic wants to study whether yoga, music therapy, or behavioral therapy could help people who still have seizures even after taking medication. “When we talk to patients with epilepsy, they tell us—almost all of them—that they tend to have their seizures […]

Potassium Channel Dysfunction in Genetic Epilepsy

Potassium Channel Dysfunction in Genetic Epilepsy

Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered functional links between dozens of potassium channel gene variants and neonatal epilepsy, according to a study published in JCI Insight. The findings represent a significant advancement in the understanding of the gene KCNQ2, according to Alfred George, Jr., MD, chair and Alfred Newton Richards Professor of Pharmacology and lead author of the study. KCNQ2 was among the first genes […]

Is Vaccination Safe for Children with Epilepsy ?

Is Vaccination Safe for Children with Epilepsy ?

  Seizures and status epilepticus can occur within 14 days following the administration of inactivated and live-attenuated vaccines. These vaccine-proximate seizures can undermine parental confidence in vaccine safety and affect further vaccination decisions. A recent study suggests that there is no contraindication to administering routine vaccines in children with epilepsy or febrile seizures. The study […]

Patient History – He survived an avalanche, then the 25-year-old developed very special symptoms

Patient History – He survived an avalanche, then the 25-year-old developed very special symptoms

  It all started with an avalanche in the Alps. A 25-year-old man who was on a ski vacation was buried under an avalanche, resulting in about 15 minutes as the brain received less oxygen than usual. Oxygen is absolutely essential to the brain, and a lack of oxygen for just a few minutes can […]

Bill To Help Students With Epilepsy Goes To Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ Desk

Bill To Help Students With Epilepsy Goes To Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ Desk

A measure that calls for creating individualized plans to care for students who have epilepsy or seizure disorders is headed to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk. The Florida Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed the bill (HB 173), after the House gave unanimous support last month. The proposal would require schools to create “individualized seizure action” plans […]

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