World Autism Day: Parental training necessary to help manage kids with autism   

April 2 is observed as World Autism Day. Experts opined that parents need to be trained more on how to handle and deal with kids affected with autism

World Autism Day: Parental training necessary to help manage kids with autism   Individuals with autism often present other co-occurring conditions, including epilepsy, depression, anxiety, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Autism refers to a range of conditions characterised by some degree of impaired social behaviour, communication and language, and a narrow range of interests and activities that are both unique to the individual and carried out repetitively. […]

Purple Day marked to raise awareness about epilepsy

In order to create awareness on epilepsy, the world observes ‘Purple Day’ on March 26. Epilepsy Foundation from Mumbai observed the day by organising an event in Bombay Hospital

Purple Day marked to raise awareness about epilepsyEpilepsy is a chronic disorder, the hallmark of which is recurrent, unprovoked seizure. A person is diagnosed with epilepsy if they have two unprovoked seizures (or one unprovoked seizure with the likelihood of more) that were not caused by some known and reversible medical condition like alcohol withdrawal or extremely low blood sugar. Cassidy Megan, […]

Know how to prevent epileptic seizures

What can one do to reduce the risk of experiencing epilepsy seizures? From wearing a helmet to practicing self-care activities, follow these simple tips

Know how to prevent epileptic seizuresEpilepsy is a neurological disorder characterised by abnormal activity in the brain, triggering seizures. But, what happens in the human body when a seizure occurs? “Our whole body is an electrical system. We are communicating through the nerves, and they are electrical, and your brain is the main generator,” Glenna Tolbert, assistant clinical professor at […]

#InternationalEpilepsyDay: Know about the myths and facts associated with epilepsy

Epilepsy or seizures is one of the most common neurological disorders in India, with a prevalence of 5 per 1000 people; translating into a burden of more than 5 million cases. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that epilepsy affects 50 million people worldwide

#InternationalEpilepsyDay: Know about the myths and facts associated with epilepsyEpilepsy is one of the oldest disorders of the brain, affecting more than 60 million people worldwide. It has no age, racial, or geographical boundaries. It’s sudden and dramatic appearance has mystified mankind since a long time, no wonder it is surrounded by prejudices and myths. Seizures, sometimes called ‘fits’ or ‘attacks’ can be frightening […]

#InternationalEpilepsyDay: 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

#InternationalEpilepsyDay: 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 […]
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