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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rare: Mumbai man suffers seizures after sex

A 35-year-old from Mumbai suffers from unusual problem of getting fits or seizures, right after a sexual intercourse, commonly known as reflex seizures. Doctors are surprised as orgasm induced seizure is more common in women, unlike in this patient’s case. Furthermore, My Medical Mantra tries to explore the prevalence of the problem

Rare: Mumbai man suffers seizures after sexOn a showery Monday morning, a couple rushed to Sion Hospital for an unusual problem. Sameer Goyal, (name changed) a 35-year-old Sion resident and his wife Payal (name changed), seem worried as they wait for their turn outside the out-patient department (OPD) 21 at the hospital. Dr Sagar Karia, secretary of Bombay Psychiatric Association as well as consulting […]

Spreading smiles and cheer Epilepsy foundation organises summer camp for epileptic patients

Epilepsy is a chronic non-communicable disorder of the brain that affects people of all ages. Approximately 11.2 million people suffer from epilepsy in India. Epilepsy Foundation India is a non-profitable charitable organization which works for the welfare of the people suffering with epilepsy

Spreading smiles and cheer Epilepsy foundation organises summer camp for epileptic patientsSummer is a unique time in everyone’s life – a time to relax, make friends, and have fun. It’s also a time of adventure and trying new opportunities. For children and people with seizures it may be a time filled with uncertainty and worry. Unfortunately, these worries and fears may keep children from participating in […]

Rare condition causes two sisters to suffer from multiple seizures every hour

Melbourne couple daughters, seven-year-old Jaeli and five-year-old Dali, were two of the first people in Australia to be diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called Syngap. They hardly sleep, are still in nappies, have impaired speech, autism, motor difficulties and behavioural issues

Rare condition causes two sisters to suffer from multiple seizures every hourHaving one child with a serious form of epilepsy and autism would be difficult. Having two is almost unimaginable. But that is reality for Melbourne couple Danielle and Danny Williams. Their daughters, seven-year-old Jaeli and five-year-old Dali were two of the first people in Australia to be diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called Syngap. […]