Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a group of disorders marked by problems in the normal functioning of the brain. These problems can produce seizures, unusual body movements, a loss of consciousness or changes in consciousness, as well as mental problems or problems with the senses.
What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a condition that has been known to mankind since ancient times. It affects the brain to cause repeated convulsions or seizures - also called fits in common parlance. The word “epilepsy” comes from the Greek and means to be taken, seized or attacked.

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Study focuses on electroencephalogram abnormalities of the brain

Study focuses on electroencephalogram abnormalities of the brain

Study: Impact of earlier diagnosis in focal epilepsy goes beyond timely treatment

Study: Impact of earlier diagnosis in focal epilepsy goes beyond timely treatment

Amino acid produced by the brain could prevent temporal lobe epileptic seizure

Amino acid produced by the brain could prevent temporal lobe epileptic seizure

Nerve cell activity indicates the confidence in decisions

Nerve cell activity indicates the confidence in decisions

Breakthrough genetic discovery into the cause of severe neurological conditions

Breakthrough genetic discovery into the cause of severe neurological conditions

Research uncovers a novel way of preventing or treating epilepsy

Research uncovers a novel way of preventing or treating epilepsy

Study identifies the exact neurons that are most affected by epilepsy

Study identifies the exact neurons that are most affected by epilepsy

Two Penn Medicine researchers selected for prestigious NIH Director's Awards

Two Penn Medicine researchers selected for prestigious NIH Director's Awards

High levels of folic acid during pregnancy could harm brain development of embryos

High levels of folic acid during pregnancy could harm brain development of embryos

Study identifies mutations in single genes that can be responsible for cerebral palsy

Study identifies mutations in single genes that can be responsible for cerebral palsy

First pathoconnectome shows how eye disease alters retinal circuitry

First pathoconnectome shows how eye disease alters retinal circuitry

Scientists identify mutations in single genes linked to certain cases of cerebral palsy

Scientists identify mutations in single genes linked to certain cases of cerebral palsy

Generalized epilepsy patients have higher OSA risk than people with focal epilepsy

Generalized epilepsy patients have higher OSA risk than people with focal epilepsy

Acid reflux drug could help newborns recover from hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy

Acid reflux drug could help newborns recover from hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy

Brain wiring genes may be linked to a significant portion of cerebral palsy cases

Brain wiring genes may be linked to a significant portion of cerebral palsy cases

M-CUBE aims to take MRI technology to the next level

M-CUBE aims to take MRI technology to the next level

Astrocytes are essential for blood-brain barrier health, shows study

Astrocytes are essential for blood-brain barrier health, shows study

A wireless device to treat brain diseases at patients’ homes

A wireless device to treat brain diseases at patients’ homes

Mozart's piano music can reduce the frequency of epilepsy attacks

Mozart's piano music can reduce the frequency of epilepsy attacks

New radio-frequency-based system to monitor a person's sleep postures

New radio-frequency-based system to monitor a person's sleep postures