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Pseudo seizures are a physical manifestation of an emotional disturbance. They resemble epileptic seizures, but, its not caused by epilepsy.
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Pseudo seizures are a physical manifestation of an emotional disturbance. They resemble epileptic seizures, but, unlike the seizures caused by epilepsy, they are not caused by electrical disruptions in the brain.
Jamestown Post Journal JHS Senior To Host Benefit For Twin Sister With Epilepsy Jamestown Post Journal In honor of national epilepsy awareness month, a Jamestown High School senior has taken up the charge of bringing support to her twin sister by...
Science World Report Aptiom approved to treat seizures Medical Xpress (HealthDay)—Aptiom (eslicarbazepine acetate) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as an add-on drug to help treat adults with partial epileptic seizures.
For the first time, a new research methodology recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration has been used to demonstrate that converting patients from one anti-epileptic drug to another – in this case, lamotrigine extended-release (LTG XR) – is well-tolerated, effective and safe.
More people are using medical marijuana to treat pets for a variety of conditions, ranging from separation anxiety and noise phobia to cancer/epilepsy/seizures, according to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) News.
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Not all dogs suffer from similar symptoms, symptoms of dog seizures will greatly vary from one dog to another dog. There are some dogs who will just merely twitch a limb, and some other dogs may fall down to the ground, become unconscious and suffer from whole body spasms. For owners who can witness their dogs having a seizure for the first time can be very traumatic. There are medications that can be used to help in treating dog seizures. Medications will greatly depend on the causative factor of the seizure. Dog seizures can be caused by caffeine poisoning, rat poisoning, neurological disorders such as epilepsy, and many more.
Read the article to learn about various causes of grand mal/tonic clonic seizures and that the side effect of medicines we intake is the most renowned
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Medication without proper prescription of the doctor is the main reason of the incidence of seizures. Exposure to certain toxins and side effects of medicines are the well known causes. It is also said that those people who used to consume a lot of alcohol and now taking medicines for its less consumption are the first ones to be hunted by grand mal seizures; tranquilizers are very dangerous because they can lead you to lethal seizures and liver disorders especially in the case of physical withdrawal.
Infants that experience seizure episodes may be caused by problems during pregnancy, neurological disorders, nerve disorders, and/or birth defects.
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Seizures in neonates or newborn babies (below 2 months old) are more common than seizures that happen in infants or at older people. Neonatal Onset Epilepsy is believed to be the major cause of seizures in neonates.
Genetic mutations causing dysfunction of both voltage- and ligand-gated ion channels make a major contribution to the cause of many different types of familial epilepsy. Key mechanisms comprise defective Na+ channels of inhibitory neurons, or GABAA receptors affecting pre- or postsynaptic GABAergic inhibition, or a dysfunction of different types of channels at axon initial segments. Many of these ion channel mutations have been modelled in mice, which has largely contributed to the understanding of where and how the ion channel defects lead to neuronal hyperexcitability. Animal models of febrile seizures or mesial temporal epilepsy have shown that dendritic K+ channels, hyperpolarization-activated cation channels and T-type Ca2+ channels play important roles in the generation of seizures. For the latter, it has been shown that suppression of their function by pharmacological mechanisms or in knock-out mice can antagonize epileptogenesis. Defects of ion channel function are also associated with forms of acquired epilepsy. Autoantibodies directed against ion channels or associated proteins, such as K+ channels, LGI1 or NMDA receptors, have been identified in epileptic disorders that can largely be included under the term limbic encephalitis which includes limbic seizures, status epilepticus and psychiatric symptoms. We conclude that ion channels and associated proteins are important players in different types of genetic and acquired epilepsies. Nevertheless, the molecular bases for most common forms of epilepsy are not yet clear, and evidence to be discussed indicates just how much more we need to understand about the complex mechanisms that underlie epileptogenesis. - Lerche H et al., The Journal of Physiology, 591, 753-764., February 15, 2013
Voltage-gated ion channels are important determinants of cellular excitability. The Hyperpolarization-activated Cyclic Nucleotide-gated (HCN) and KV7 (M-) channels are voltage-gated ion channels. Both channels are activated at sub-threshold potentials and have biophysical properties that mirror each other. KV7 channels inhibit neuronal excitability. Thus, mutations in KV7 channels that are associated with Benign Familial Neonatal Convulsions (BFNC) are likely to be epileptogenic. Mutations in HCN channels have also been associated with idiopathic epilepsies such as GEFS+. In addition, HCN channel expression and function are modulated during symptomatic epilepsies such as temporal lobe epilepsy. It is, though, unclear as to whether the changes in HCN channel expression and function associated with the various forms of epilepsy promote epileptogenesis or are adaptive. In this review, we discuss this as well as the potential for KV7 and HCN channels as drug targets for the treatment of epilepsy. (...) - by Shah MM et al., Neuropharmacology, Volume 69, June 2013, Pages 75–81
Talking About Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) ... Wednesday, October 23, 2013 Eastern: 3:00 PM Central: 2:00 PM Mountain: 1:00 PM Pacific: 12:00 PM Presenters:
Elizabeth Donner, MD, FRCPC, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto Pediatric Neurologist, The Hospital for Sick Children Co-Founder, SUDEP Aware Click here to view Bio Nancy Collins, MD Associate Professor of Neurology, Chicago Medical School Clinical Ethicist Click here to view Bio Webinar Description: Talking about death, or the possibility of death is hard – even for doctors and nurses. But talking about sudden unexplained death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is an important first step to understanding it. During this webinar the presenters will discuss when and how nurses and doctors should ideally talk about SUDEP with a patient and their family, what people with epilepsy and their families should be asking their doctors. Also included will be a review of what research studies say those living with epilepsy and their families want to hear from doctors about SUDEP. A review the ethics of SUDEP disclosure will also be included. Finally, the presenters will explore the perspective of those who are bereaved by the loss of a loved one to epilepsy and what information they believe should be disclosed. Participants will leave with a basic understanding of SUDEP and the knowledge about how and when to discuss SUDEP appropriately. Plenty of time will be left to answer your questions and the end of the webinar. Thank you for your interest in this webinar! This webinar is set up with a suggested $25 donation to support PAME activities. Use coupon code 03PAME in the coupon code box at checkout If you would prefer to attend this webinar without donating. https://live.blueskybroadcast.com/bsb/client/CL_DEFAULT.asp?Client=955477&PCAT=6221&CAT=6221 (I hope the link works. I can't figure out how else to direct to it because it comes as an email to me from epilepsy.com - firstname.lastname@example.org )
When Mohammad Halabi was a boy, his parents fled war in Lebanon to give their child a chance at life. This month, as Halabi drove to Denver International Airport to pick up his wife and 2-year-old daughter, he realized he was doing the same thing.
Child with seizures to get medical marijuana Columbus Ledger-Enquirer JANESVILLE, Iowa — The parents of a northeast Iowa baby say they have run out of options to help their daughter with seizures so they're turning to medical marijuana to see if it...
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