Obesity during pregnancy increases risk of epilepsy in child, study finds

A study of more than a million children has found the risk of epilepsy almost doubled among those born to severely obese mums. Being overweight during the first trimester of pregnancy has been linked to an increased risk of childhood epilepsy. The recent Swedish study, published in journal JAMA Neurology, of almost 1.5 million babies…

5 Things Living with Epilepsy has taught me

This is in honor of  International Epilepsy Day today and to help raise awareness. I am not a life coach; but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.  How to let go.  I have always equated that having epilepsy is like having a drunk uncle. You know he’s there and he will…

Marijuana reforms in Virginia to address possession penalties, epilepsy treatment

RICHMOND – Virginia probably will ease up a bit in its laws against marijuana by making it easier for epilepsy patients to obtain cannabis extract oils and by relaxing the penalty for people caught with small amounts of marijuana. Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to sign the handful of marijuana-related bills passed by the General…

10 Things Having Epilepsy Has Taught Me

Before I became ill, I was a person who planned everything from A to Z. When I became sick all of those things had to change. All of a sudden my illness controlled my life. It was hard for me to let go of the reins and just live my life. Here are 10 things…

Unintended Pregnancy in Epilepsy May Be Linked to Contraceptive, AED Combo

Women with epilepsy frequently report unintended pregnancy, which may be associated with the type of hormonal contraception and anti-epileptic drug(s) (AEDs) being used, according to study results published in Neurology.1 Data from the Epilepsy Birth Control Registry (EBCR) published in 2016 showed that about 46.6% of women with epilepsy (WWE) at risk for unintended pregnancy used…

Moms’ Rheumatoid Arthritis May Be Linked to Epilepsy Risk in Kids

Some children born to mothers with rheumatoid arthritis may have higher-than-average odds of developing epilepsy, a new study suggests. Children born to mothers with rheumatoid arthritis were one-third more likely to develop epilepsy by age 4 than other children. The risk of epilepsy later in childhood was one-quarter higher for those born to moms with…

17 Things Everyone Should Know About Epilepsy

1. Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes seizures, which are basically like electric storms in your brain. Gerd Altmann / Creative Commons / Via pixabay.com Epilepsy, also known as a seizure disorder, is a disorder of the brain that causes recurrent, unprovoked seizures. Those seizures are caused by surges of electrical activity in the…

6 things that can trigger a seizure even if you don’t have epilepsy

Harrison Ford has played a hero in the movies, but in real life, he gives that distinction to his 26-year-old daughter, Georgia. Last month, the actor revealed that Georgia has epilepsy, and that it took years for her to get the proper treatment. “I admire her perseverance, her talent, her strength,” he told the Daily…

Hypoxia may be cause for seizure-related neuronal degeneration in epilepsy, study finds

Neuronal degeneration is the most severe long-term consequence of repetitive seizures in patients with epilepsy, which until now was thought to be primarily caused by excitotoxicity, or over-stimulation of the neurons. New findings indicate hypoxia, or lack of oxygen, due to abnormal blood flow may be to blame for as much as half the neuronal…

Triggers of Seizures

Some people may find that seizures occur in a pattern or are more likely to occur in certain situations. Sometimes these connections are just by chance, but other times it’s not. Keeping track of any factors that may precipitate a seizure (also called seizure triggers) can help you recognize when a seizure may be coming….