Posts Tagged ‘epilepsy’

The Silent Issue: Can seizures be fatal?

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

By Dr. Locatelli

In the wake of the tragic death of Jett Travolta, many of my patients have come to me with overwhelming concern over their own mortalities. This is a topic that people are uncomfortable talking about but one that is necessary for peace of mind.
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We’re Celebrating the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit’s One-Year Anniversary

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

By Dr. Locatelli

This week, we celebrated the epilepsy monitoring unit’s (EMU) one-year anniversary, and we could not be more pleased with its success. We designed the unit and operate it in conjunction with Holy Cross Hospital.
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Study shows brain surgery for temporal lobe epilepsy can extend life expectancy

Monday, December 29th, 2008

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, surgery to remove a small portion of the brain responsible for causing seizures may help some patients with temporal lobe epilepsy live as much as five years longer than those on anti-seizure drugs. Successful epilepsy surgery can eliminate seizures completely allowing patients to enjoy a much better quality of life.
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If you have epilepsy, is it safe to drink alcohol?

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

By Dr. Eduardo Locatelli

Excessive drinking is not good for anyone. For people with epilepsy, drinking excessively can induce seizures because of the effect alcohol has on the brain.The effects of alcohol can temporarily reduce seizures for a few hours, but then increase the chances of having seizures as the alcohol leaves your body. Alcohol can also interact with anti-epileptic drugs, making them less effective. Heavy drinking can also lead to missed dosages of medications, lack of sleep, and a patient’s overall well-being, which can trigger seizures.
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For people with epilepsy,does vitamin D play an important role?

Friday, September 12th, 2008

By Dr. Eduardo Locatelli

For people with epilepsy, we often talk about the importance of taking care of the whole person– mind and body – to obtain the best quality of life. Maintaining a healthy weight by eating healthy foods, refraining from smoking, and developing routine exercise plans are key. In addition, there are several vitamins we have found that can offer additional benefits to the body from the effects of epilepsy and antiepileptic drugs (AED). Of course, vitamins are not a substitute for visiting your doctor regularly or taking your prescribed AED.
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Some women experience seizures with changes in hormone levels

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

By Dr. Eduardo Locatelli

Many women have seizures related to their monthly cycle. Some women can have as many as three or four a day. Seizures are generally mild, partial seizures, but some women can experience severe generalized seizures and lose consciousness. This type of seizure is called catamenial epilepsy and is most likely due to the specific changes in hormone levels just before and during menstruation.
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“Senior moments” could be symptoms of epilepsy

Friday, August 8th, 2008

It may come as a surprise that the fastest growing population in America to develop epilepsy is 65 and older. According to the National Council on the Aging (NCOA, www.ncoa.org), people can develop epilepsy as they age. The greatest number of newly diagnosed cases each year, with the exception of young children, occurs in older people.
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