Tags: Alzheimer's/Dementia | seizures | alzheimers | epilepsy

Seizures Late in Life Can Signal Alzheimer's

Tuesday, 09 Jul 2013 03:15 PM

By Nick Tate

Seizures later in life may be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests.
The study, published in the journal JAMA Neurology, suggests Alzheimer’s may increase the risk of seizures that occur far earlier than other symptoms of the disease and may, in fact, offer an early sign of the condition — when treatments can be most effective.
"Epileptic activity associated with Alzheimer disease (AD) deserves increased attention because it has a harmful impact on these patients, can easily go unrecognized and untreated, and may reflect pathogenic processes that also contribute to other aspects of the illness," said the researchers, led by Keith A. Vossel, M.D., of the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease, San Francisco.
The study, which included 54 patients with epilepsy and other seizure disorders, found those who experiences seizures experienced cognitive declines nearly seven years earlier than those who didn’t.
"Careful identification and treatment of epilepsy in such patients may improve their clinical course,"  the researchers concluded.
This study was funded, in part, by the National Institutes of Health.

5 Signs You’ll Get Alzheimer’s Disease

© 2015 NewsmaxHealth. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

A-Fib Found to Double 'Silent' Stroke Risk

Monday, 24 Nov 2014 14:14 PM

Atrial fibrillation, a common condition in which the heart beats irregularly, more than doubles the risk of "silent stro . . .

Drug to Treat Hemophilia

Friday, 24 Oct 2014 12:48 PM

Drugmaker Baxter International Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had approved its drug for treating bleedin . . .

4 Things You Need to Know About This Year's Flu Shot

Thursday, 04 Sep 2014 10:58 AM

At this point, scientists say they can't predict the severity of the coming flu season. But if you are planning to get t . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved