What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a condition of the brain that is characterized by recurrent seizures. Approximately one in ten people will experience at least one seizure during a lifetime. A single seizure, however, is not epilepsy. Epilepsy is a condition that is defined by multiple seizures.
Epilepsy is a seizure disorder. It is not a psychological disorder nor a disease and it is not contagious. The brain is made up of billions of nerve cells or neurons that communicate through electrical and chemical signals. When there is a sudden excessive electrical discharge that disrupts the normal activity of the nerve cells, a seizure may result.
Seizures cause a change in function or behavior. A seizure may take many different forms including a blank stare, muscle spasms, uncontrolled movements, altered awareness, odd sensations, or a convulsion. The location in the brain of the abnormally discharging nerve cells determines the form the seizure will take. Seizures may occur rarely or as often as numerous times a day. If the condition is successfully controlled by medication, a person may be seizure free.
Epilepsy is one of the most common chronic neurological disorders. An estimated 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy. That means approximately one percent of the general population has epilepsy.
When someone is having a seizure here is what you can do:
- Stay calm.
- Time the seizure – Usually there is no need for a trip to the hospital, unless the seizure lasts longer than five minutes (not including the postictal (is the altered state of consciousness after an epileptic seizure) phase), the person has more than one seizure in a row, or if a person is injured, pregnant, or has diabetes.
- Remove objects that may cause harm – clear the area of sharp or dangerous objects.
- Do not hold the person down or restrain their movement.
- Do not put anything in the person’s mouth: it is not possible for someone to swallow their tongue.
- Turn the person on his or her side as the seizure ends to allow saliva or other fluids to drain away and keep airway clear.
- Do not offer food or drink until the person is fully alert.
- Stay with the person until they are fully alert and thinking clearly. Reassure the person when consciousness returns.
For more information on epilepsy check out the link below:
Also March 26 is Purple Day where your encouraged to wear purple to increase awareness.
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Source: Health Awareness: Coping with Auto Immune Diseases 03/10 by G-F-T Radio | Podcasting Podcasts
What Is Kidney Disease?
The kidneys are two organs that are the midsection on either side of your spine in the middle of your back, just above the waist. They clean your blood, keep the balance of salt and minerals in your blood, and help control blood pressure.
When your kidneys are damaged, waste products and fluid can build up in your body, causing swelling in your ankles, vomiting, weakness, poor sleep, and shortness of breath. If you don’t treat them, diseased kidneys may eventually stop working completely. Loss of kidney function is a serious and potentially fatal condition.
Kidney disease is a growing problem. More than 20 million Americans may have kidney disease and many more are at risk. Anyone can develop kidney disease, regardless of age or race. The main risk factors for developing kidney disease are:
- High blood pressure,
- Cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) disease, and
- A family history of kidney failure.
World Kidney Day (WKD) is a global health awareness campaign focusing on the importance of the kidneys and reducing the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide. World Kidney Day (WKD) 2nd Thursday in March.
For more information about Kidney Disease and World Kidney day check out these links:
What is Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. In multiple sclerosis, damage to the myelin in the central nervous system (CNS) — and to the nerve fibers themselves — interferes with the transmission of nerve signals between the brain and spinal cord and other parts of the body. (Credit: National MS Society)
The cause of MS is still unknown – the progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed.
The most common symptoms are overwhelming fatigue, visual disturbances, altered sensation and difficulties with mobility. The majority of people with MS do not become severely disabled. While it is currently incurable, there are medications that have been shown to “modify” the course of MS by reducing the number of relapses and delaying progression of disability to some degree.
Diagnosing MS can be a challenging process. In early MS, symptoms may be non-specific and suggestive of several disorders of the nervous system. Early symptoms that come and go may be ignored. While no single laboratory test is yet available to prove or rule out MS, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a great help in reaching a definitive diagnosis.
For more information on Multiple Sclerosis check out: www.nationalmssociety.org
(Picture credit: Healthline.com)
Also there is a MS Walk:
Date: Sunday, April 17, 2016
Locations: Veterans Park – 2206 Kuser Rd.
Hamilton, NJ 08690
More details to follow.
Join us Thursday @10pm as we discuss and educate on auto immune diseases, it’s effects and how to cope with them. We will cover the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and resources to assist with living with/caring for someone with them. Interesting in sharing your story or helping us educate our listeners? Call in at (657) 383-1155.
ICYMI here is our podcast from this past Thursday. In celebration of Women’s History Month, all the Co-hosts of G.F.T. radio chose a woman or women who inspired us. We discussed women such as Michelle Obama, Sandra Day O’connor, Cathy Hughes, Misty Copeland, Angela Davis and more. Take a listen and enjoy.