Keto diet can help reduce occurrence of epileptic seizures, reveals study

Besides helping lose weight and improve their overall health, consuming a ketogenic diet, which is high fat, low protein and low carbohydrates, can help reduce seizures caused by epilepsy, finds a recent study on rats. The study showed that increasing blood ketones by using ketogenic supplementation can reduce seizures without dietary restriction

Keto diet can help reduce occurrence of epileptic seizures, reveals studyThe ketogenic diet has proven successful in helping people lose weight and improve their overall health, including those with epilepsy. The low-carb diet transitions the body from burning sugar to burning fat and ketones for energy. New research suggests that increasing blood ketones by using ketogenic supplementation can reduce seizures without dietary restriction. A new […]

Innovative brain pacemaker could help improve Parkinson’s treatment

A new, smart implant that ‘listens’ to brain signals could help treat epilepsy and other neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease

Innovative brain pacemaker could help improve Parkinson’s treatmentDoctors use neurostimulation to treat various conditions, including epilepsy, the effects of stroke, and even depression. This treatment involves using special devices that send electrical impulses to control the activity of the brain and central nervous system. Doctors sometimes also use this technique to improve the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, a neurological condition that affects […]

Knowing epilepsy and the stigma, myths and taboo associated with it

Epilepsy is a disease of the brain characterized by recurrent seizures, which are brief episodes of involuntary movement that may involve a part of the body (partial) or the entire body (generalised)

Knowing epilepsy and the stigma, myths and taboo associated with itThe seizures are sometimes accompanied by loss of consciousness and control of bowel or bladder function. Seizure episodes are a result of excessive electrical discharges in a group of brain cells and can vary from the briefest lapses of attention or muscle jerks to severe and prolonged convulsions. Seizures can also vary in frequency, from […]

‘Much needs to be done to get rid stigma related with epilepsy in India’

Every year, on November 17, India celebrates national epilepsy day. Epilepsy is a chronic disorder of the brain that affects people worldwide. It is a chronic disorder of the brain which is characterised by recurrent unprovoked seizures. Recently, the UK government had approved a drug made from deriving a compound from cannabis for treating convulsion caused by epilepsy

‘Much needs to be done to get rid stigma related with epilepsy in India’  Seizures are caused due to abnormal brain cell activity. Approximately 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy, making it one of the most common neurological diseases globally. My Medical Mantra spoke with Prof J. Helen Cross, a consultant in paediatric neurology at Great Ormond Street Hospital, UK, who had recently visited the country. She is […]

Mumbai: National Epilepsy Week observed to highlight this neurological condition

Epilepsy is a central nervous system (neurological) disorder in which brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or periods of unusual behaviour, sensations, and sometimes loss of awareness. Anyone can develop epilepsy. Epilepsy affects both males and females of all races, ethnic backgrounds and ages

Mumbai: National Epilepsy Week observed to highlight this neurological conditionEpilepsy means the same thing as seizure disorders. Epilepsy is characterized by unpredictable seizures and can cause other health problems. Epilepsy is a spectrum condition with a wide range of seizure types and control varying from person-to-person. Public misunderstandings of epilepsy cause challenges that are often worse than the seizures. Epilepsy is a chronic disorder, […]

Medical tech: Smart arm bracelet warns of night-time epileptic seizures

A new NightWatch could save lives without the hassles of other sensors. Night-time epileptic seizures can be genuinely dangerous. If you have therapy-resistant epilepsy or a mental condition, you may have a one-in-five chance of dying from them

Medical tech: Smart arm bracelet warns of night-time epileptic seizuresNow, researchers at TUe may have a viable way of detecting and responding to those seizures in time to save lives. They’ve developed a smart arm bracelet, Nightwatch, that both detects signs of severe seizures and contacts care staff. It combines both a heart rate sensor and a motion sensor to look for both an […]

Spider venom being utilised to treat rare form of epilepsy

Dravet syndrome is a severe form of epilepsy that typically appears during the first 12 months of life. The condition is resistant to current treatments and, sadly, children who are affected often die before they reach adulthood

Spider venom being utilised to treat rare form of epilepsyAccording to a new study carried out in Australia, a protein found in spider venom could help scientists design an effective medication for the treatment of a rare form of epilepsy. Dravet syndrome ‘is a severe form of epilepsy’ that typically appears during the first 12 months of life. Seizures, which increases in temperature and bright […]

Epilepsy Foundation organises personality development classes for patients

Normally there are many restrictions which are put on people who get seizures. But now, Image Management Professionals Association and Epilepsy Foundation’s President Dr Nirmal Surya, have started a new initiative to make these people independent. They are training epilepsy patients on personality development and confidence building measures

Epilepsy Foundation organises personality development classes for patientsThe special sessions were arranged from May 19 onwards. The sessions were held on every Wednesday and Saturday. Topics like communication skills, body language, eye contact and professionalism were taken during the workshop. Surya said, “This disease requires medicine, but it also requires personality development to secure future of such patients. Thing like personality development […]

Tuberous sclerosis: Parents initiate a campaign to spread awareness

Today, May 15 is observed as National Tuberous Sclerosis Day. There is lack of awareness about tuberous sclerosis (a hereditary disease). To spread awareness on it, the patients’ family whose children are affected with this disease have created a group

Tuberous sclerosis: Parents initiate a campaign to spread awarenessWhat is tuberous sclerosis (TS)? Tuberous sclerosis (TS) is a rare genetic condition that causes noncancerous, or benign, tumours to grow in your brain, other vital organs, and skin. TS can be inherited. Some people only have mild symptoms, while others experience: Autism Seizures Tumours There’s no known cure for TS, but most people can […]

A tribal health camp changes the life of this 19-year-old

The National Health Mission and the Epilepsy Foundation has been organising health camps since the last eight years in villages to provide medical facilities to the poor living in remote Adivasi areas . These camps have been instrumental in treating lakhs of patients. One such camp has proved to be a boon for a 19-year-old who was suffering from epilepsy since birth

A tribal health camp changes the life of this 19-year-oldSheshrao Jivtode (19), who hails from Kitadi village in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra was suffering from epileptic attacks since birth. For the past 19 years, he has been living with this horror every day. But, today, he is completely free from epilepsy. Sheshrao is currently undergoing treatment at Bombay Hospital in Mumbai. While speaking to […]
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