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Proper treatment and follow-up of child or adult patients with epilepsy can give
70 percent of them a normal life, according to experts on the
Israel Epilepsy Awareness Week is currently being held to
increase understanding in the general public and among families of those
Epilepsy is a brain disorder in which a person has repeated and
unpredictable seizures or convulsions – episodes of disturbed brain activity –
which cause changes in attention or behavior. It occurs when permanent changes
in brain tissue cause the brain to be too excitable or jumpy, making it send out
abnormal electrical signals. Epilepsy may be due to a medical condition or
injury that affects the brain, or the cause may be unknown. It affects 0.7
percent of the population, both children and adults.
But seven in 10
patients will be free of attacks thanks to medications. Of the rest, many can
improve with surgery.
The Hadassah Medical Organization recently opened
an multidisciplinary center for the treatment of epilepsy in all age groups. The
medical team includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists,
neuropsychologists, radiologists, nuclear medicine specialists and
Dr. Dana Eckstein of the neurology department at Hadassah
University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem says that many patients who
suffer from uncontrollable seizures or severe side effects from medications are
unaware of the fact that they can still be helped.
coordinates the multidisciplinary center, said that even the most difficult
cases can be alleviated.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem scientists have
joined the effort by conducting research that is expected to lead to a
breakthrough in brain research and epilepsy treatment.
techniques being developed elsewhere in Israel is neurofeedback, or biofeedback
specially used to control seizures.