Category: "Seizure Detection"

Syncope and seizure both can cause a loss of consciousness, but there are important differences.

Syncope and seizure both can cause a loss of consciousness, but there are important differences.

Syncope and seizure both can cause a loss of consciousness, but there are important differences. Syncope — commonly referred to as passing out or fainting — often results from a drop in blood pressure. Seizures, on the other hand, are caused by abnormal brain activity. The reason behind the abnormal activity may be epilepsy, stroke, cancer or […]

Functional hemispherectomy stops seizures cold in kids with drug-resistant epilepsy

Functional hemispherectomy stops seizures cold in kids with drug-resistant epilepsy

Joseph Riofski had his first seizure at age 4 ½. Thus began a medical journey that led to admissions to two adult hospitals and three children’s hospitals, countless brain imaging and neurological tests, multiple intravenous immunoglobulin treatments, and trials of eight anti-seizure medications over the ensuing four years. By the time Joseph was in second […]

You May Not Know These Subtle Signs of a Seizure

You May Not Know These Subtle Signs of a Seizure

Key Takeaways A new survey found that most Americans can’t identify the more subtle signs of a seizure, including numbness or tingling, blinking rapidly, screaming, and laughing. Focal seizures—which occur as a result of abnormal electrical firing in a particular brain region—are the most common in adults with epilepsy. However, they’re hard to identify. If […]

DIAGNOSING SEIZURES IS KEY TO TREATMENT

DIAGNOSING SEIZURES IS KEY TO TREATMENT

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 out of 10 people will have a seizure during their lifetime. Most of these seizures will be epileptic seizures, which are caused by unusual brain activity that includes simultaneous firing of brain cells. The other type of seizures are non-epileptic seizures or attacks […]

Sleep and stress give clues to understanding epileptic seizures

Sleep and stress give clues to understanding epileptic seizures

Sleeping patterns and stress hormones could be the key to understanding how and when people with epilepsy are likely to experience seizures, a new study reveals. Researchers used mathematical modeling to understand the impact of different physiological processes, such as sleep and changes in concentration of the stress-hormone cortisol, on key signatures of epilepsy—known as […]

King’s College London Identifies Impulsivity-Linked Genes In Epilepsy

King’s College London Identifies Impulsivity-Linked Genes In Epilepsy

  The new study, published in Nature Genomic Medicine, analyzed DNA from individuals with Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy. It is the first to screen for and identify genetic variants associated with impulsivity in a neuropsychiatric disorder. Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy is a common type of epilepsy characterized by several types of seizures starting in adolescence. This type […]

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