A neurological disorder characterized by an enduring predisposition to generate epileptic seizures and by the neurobiological, cognitive, psychological, and social consequences of this condition.
At this site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you can download a helpful brochure and access clearly written information about the diagnoses, treatment, and prevalence of epilepsy.
The Epilepsy Foundation site provides a range of helpful research, education, advocacy, and referral information for patients with seizure disorders and their families and care givers; some of the information is also available in Spanish. The site includes an easy-to-use search engine and an E-mail form for requesting further personalized information.
The NINDS offers information about the causes, treatments, and prognosis for epilepsy. Publications and links to related organizations are also provided for further information. Some resources are available in Spanish.
Sponsored by the Nemours Foundation, this site, aimed at teens, contains clearly written information about epilepsy and links to further resources. Each item on the site, which includes information on a variety of teen health topics, is reviewed by a medical professional.
Established in 1994 in order to raise awareness about the ketogenic diet as a treatment for childhood epilepsy, the Foundation has expanded its priorities to include educational programs for dietitians and neurologists as well as support for clinicians and researchers working to perfect its administration and discover its mechanisms.
Stimulating the brain with electricity has been used for many years to treat various brain disorders and researchers continue to hone its capabilities.
who get migraines could soon have some new therapeutic options, but a deep
understanding of the disorder continues to elude researchers.
The researchers expect that such investigations
ultimately could offer insights into related neuroscientific issues such as the
neural origins of hallucinated voices in schizophrenia and the delusional sense
of being controlled by someone else.
The brain has long been viewed as somewhat protected from attack by the body’s immune system. Apart from the autoimmune disease multiple sclerosis, in most of the brain disorders that have been studied, such as epilepsy, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, the immune system was not believed to play a major role.