Month: November 2018

THE LIFE OF A CHILD WITH EPILEPSY

In an earlier post, it was brought to your attention that this is epilepsy awareness month. You might be wondering, why so much fuss about it? Worldwide, epilepsy affects over 65 million people. It is the fourth most common neurological condition which if left untreated may be fatal. The disorder affects people of all ages, but it is most common at the two ends of the age spectrum globally, mostly affecting young children and the elderly. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 80 percent of epileptics live in low- and middle-income countries (our country, Kenya being among...

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Let’s talk about Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder marked by sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness, or convulsions, associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain. It is caused by head trauma as a result of a car accident or other traumatic injury. Brain conditions that cause damage to the brain, such as brain tumors or strokes, can cause epilepsy. Stroke is a leading cause of epilepsy in adults older than age 35. An epileptic seizure is a brief episode of signs or symptoms due to abnormally excessive or synchronous neuronal activity in the brain. The outward effect can...

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