News tagged with seizures

Related topics: brain , food and drug administration , epilepsy

Guideline advises when to treat a first seizure

A new guideline released today by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Epilepsy Society (AES) found that administering an antiepileptic medication immediately after a first seizure reduces the risk of ...

Apr 20, 2015
popularity 1 comments 0

Researchers identify gene linked with early epilepsy

Certain types of early-onset epilepsy are caused by previously unknown mutations of a potassium channel gene, KCNA2. The mutations disrupt the electrical balance in the brain in two ways. In some patients, the flow of potassium ...

Mar 11, 2015
popularity 114 comments 0

Seizures knock out brain arousal centers

People with epilepsy who experience focal seizures sometimes remain mobile but are unable to hear or respond to their environment. Yale School of Medicine researchers have discovered a surprising explanation ...

Feb 05, 2015
popularity 13 comments 0

Seizure

An epileptic seizure is a transient symptom of excessive or synchronous neuronal activity in the brain. It can manifest as an alteration in mental state, tonic or clonic movements, convulsions, and various other psychic symptoms (such as déjà vu or jamais vu). The medical syndrome of recurrent, unprovoked seizures is termed epilepsy, but seizures can occur in people who do not have epilepsy.

About 4% of people will have an unprovoked seizure by the age of 80 and only 30% to 40% or according to another study 50% chance of a second one. Treatment may reduce the chance of a second one by as much as half.

The treatment of epilepsy is a subspecialty of neurology; the study of seizures is part of neuroscience. Doctors who specialize in epilepsy are epileptologists; doctors who specialize in the treatment of children with epilepsy are pediatric epileptologists.

This text uses material from Wikipedia licensed under CC BY-SA