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 […]

Mumbai man accidently swallows denture during epileptic seizure, saved by docs

Last week doctors at KEM Hospital dealt with a patient in the emergency department who had accidentally swallowed his dentures due to an epileptic fit. They performed an emergency procedure to remove the dentures which was obstructing the man’s airway

Mumbai man accidently swallows denture during epileptic seizure, saved by docsAjay Jog, (name changed) a 27-year-old man rushed to KEM hospital and admitted himself into the emergency department. While asleep, he suffered a seizure and upon waking he realised that he swallowed one of his dentures. He was having difficulties breathing and reached the hospital as fast as he could. Speaking to My Medical Mantra […]

Monsoon: Emergency aid every parent should be prepared for

Since monsoon has started to pour early this year it is important for each one of us to be prepared in tackling emergencies, especially when children are involved. Read and remember these measures well, as they can be utilised when medical emergencies strike

Monsoon: Emergency aid every parent should be prepared forAt most times, parents and immediate caregivers are the first responders when their child faces an emergency; medical aid and ambulatory services come second. It is therefore important that the parents be prepared for and be aware of want to tackle emergencies such as bleeding, fits, choking, burns, bleeding nose and diarrhoea. Bleeding: Lay the baby […]

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 […]

7 brain tumour symptoms you should not ignore

When you consider that every cell in your brain can form a tumour—and that your brain controls or interprets information from every part of your body—the list of possible tumour symptoms encompasses, almost anything imaginable. Still, some signs and symptoms are more common than others. Here's what to watch out for

7 brain tumour symptoms you should not ignoreA brain tumour is a collection, or mass, of abnormal cells in your brain. Your skull, which encloses your brain, is very rigid. Any growth inside such a restricted space can cause problems. Brain tumors can be cancerous (malignant) or noncancerous (benign). When benign or malignant tumors grow, they can cause the pressure inside your […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

Alarming: 40% of seizures are due to depression or stress

Non-epileptic seizures are caused by something other than epilepsy, typically by psychological conditions.  A study conducted by a renowned paediatric neurologist at a hospital in Mumbai revealed that out of 200 cases of epilepsy, 40 per cent have pseudo epilepsy.  These are episodes of seizures that an individual gets purely due to stress, depression or psychological reasons that is not due to epilepsy

Alarming: 40% of seizures are due to depression or stressImage source: Google Pseudo seizures are commonly known as psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) these are episodes of seizures that an individual gets purely due to stress, depression or psychological reasons that are not due to epilepsy. Pseudo seizures have a gradual onset, whereas epileptic seizures tend to start abruptly. Symptoms at the onset of pseudo […]

Rare: Passing urine triggers seizures in case of a 6-year-old

Last month, My Medical Mantra reported about a young boy who would get seizures if anyone touched his right hand. Seizures evoked by a specific stimuli is known as reflex seizures. Now, a 6-year-old is getting treatment for her unusual trigger for epilepsy – passing urine

Rare: Passing urine triggers seizures in case of a 6-year-oldEpilepsy is a rather difficult disease to deal with. If it is true then anything can trigger seizures, the cause of the trigger is very important to be identified. Reflex seizures are triggers that are caused by reflexes. Last month, My Medical Mantra reported about a young boy who would get seizures if anyone touched […]

‘Myths and superstitions hurdle to epilepsy treatment’

India is a country riddled with superstitions and this is a fact that keeps resurfacing time and again. Often, doctors have said that myths and beliefs about diseases and medications only result in improper treatment

‘Myths and superstitions hurdle to epilepsy treatment’One such notion has ruined the life of a 35year old Mumbai man Ramesh Singh (name changed), who has been getting seizures since many years now. Once, when he got his epileptic attack, his friend held him tightly to make him sit. The thought behind it was to protect Ramesh so that he doesn’t fall […]