Now that winter months have finally arrived and the days are getting shorter, a new research study is gaining some attention. The study has suggested that there may be a correlation between the sun’s rays and seizures.
This new study was conducted by Dr. Sallie Baxendale, a consultant neuropsychologist at the Institute of Neurology and Epilepsy Society. She claims that her study has proven that complex partial seizures (CPS) occur more often when the patient is in the sunlight for small periods of time (as would occur on a slightly cloudy day) as opposed to the number of seizures they experienced during bright sunny days. The seizures were also found to affect the brain in a manner that altered the patient’s consciousness.
During the study’s clinical trials, 100 epileptic patients that suffered through spontaneous and uncontrolled seizures were put through tests that consisted of light therapy combined with other epilepsy treatments. The results of this test showed that the amount of sunlight exposure and the length of the exposure played a significant role in the patients’ chances of having a seizure.
“Half the participants were given a high intensity light box and the other half were given an identical box, but with a low intensity. We found that patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy were more likely to experience a significant reduction in seizures, than those with seizures arising from other regions of the brain,” Baxendale said.
The results of this study may help scientists to develop better treatments for seizure prevention, which might be music to the ears of epileptic women that are of childbearing age since Topamax (one of the current anti-seizure medications on the market) has been found to be dangerous to babies whose mothers take the drug while pregnant.
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