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Focal Seizures

Focal Seizures

Focal (focal) seizures begin in one area of the brain. Focal seizures can be simple or complex. Based on the seizure description, physicians may be able to identify in which part of the brain the seizures are originating. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Seizures are divided in...

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What Is a Complex Partial Seizure?

What Is a Complex Partial Seizure?

Complex partial seizures, now called focal onset impaired awareness seizures, are the most common type for adults who have epilepsy (a disorder that affects your brain cells). They’re usually harmless and only last a minute or two. But they can be strange or worrying...

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What to know about 4 types of epilepsy

What to know about 4 types of epilepsy

Epilepsy is a common long-term brain condition. It causes seizures, which are bursts of electricity in the brain. There are four main types of epilepsy: focal, generalized, combination focal and generalized, and unknown. A person’s seizure type determines what kind of...

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Tonic-Clonic (Grand Mal) Seizures

Tonic-Clonic (Grand Mal) Seizures

Tonic-clonic seizures, formerly known as grand mal seizures, comprise two stages: a tonic phase and a clonic phase. These intense seizures can be frightening to experience or observe, as extreme muscle spasms may temporarily arrest breathing. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW...

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Epilepsy affects more people than you think

Epilepsy affects more people than you think

Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes recurring and unprovoked seizures. It’s the fourth most common neurological disorder in the United States. Jacqueline French, a Neurology professor at New York University’s Langone Medical Center and the chief medical officer...

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Epilepsy Symptoms

Epilepsy Symptoms

Symptoms of Epileptic Seizures Recurring seizures are the primary symptom of epilepsy. However, the symptoms may change depending on the kind of seizure a patient is suffering from. Below mentioned are some early signs and symptoms of epileptic seizures: Temporary...

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Aura Episodes: Part Two

Aura Episodes: Part Two

Summer Night Good Samaritan (Part 2 of 2) I sighed, part in relief, part in anxiety. “My brother has epilepsy.  For many years, I’ve known what to look for and what to do.”  She nodded her head.  “Thanks, again.” No sooner than she had disappeared around the corner,...

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Aura Episodes: Part One

Aura Episodes: Part One

Summer Night Good Samaritan I live in Daytona Beach, just a mile or so from where Bike Week and the night life of Daytona lights up.  A few years back, I was with a group of friends walking to the spot where music and food awaited us.  We were on side streets so that...

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Epilepsy 101

Epilepsy 101

In 2015, 1.2% of the total US population had active epilepsy. This is about 3.4 million people with epilepsy nationwide: 3 million adults and 470,000 children. According to the latest estimates, about 0.6% of children aged 0-17 years have active epilepsy. Think of a...

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