Sunday, November 17, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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Epileptic disorders and ways to check
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, November 16
About 1 per cent of the total Indian population, i.e. an estimated 10 million Indians, suffer from epilepsy and about 50 million Indians would have experienced a seizure at some point of time in their life.

Epilepsy occurs when there are recurrent seizures due to abnormal activity in brain cells. Not all fits or seizures are convulsive. Day dreaming, unresponsiveness, confused or inappropriate behaviour and temporary speech impairment may all be signs of seizures. Seizures can cause uncontrollable shaking or convulsions or may temporarily block awareness or cause confusion. A single seizure does not mean epilepsy, although the symptoms are the same. Epilepsy is the name given to seizures that can occur more than once because of an underlying abnormality in the brain.

Epilepsy and childhood: It is important to remember that most children with epilepsy do well in school and do not have learning problems. Dr Gagandeep Singh, Reader and Head, Department of Neurology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, said that epilepsy can occur at any age, it is typically seen as a condition affecting the young, often starting in childhood and sometimes lasting throughout life. The occurrence of seizures in children is a source of considerable worry and sometimes embarrassment to parents. Convulsions (being one of the common type of seizures) begin with a loud prolonged cry, a fall if the child is upright, stiffening of the whole or part of the body, to and fro movements and loss of consciousness. During this period, there is a noisy breathing, frothing and bleeding from the mouth because of tongue bite and sometimes, incontinence of urine and stools. A majority of children who have convulsions recover from them without any consequences. Children with epilepsy are of mostly normal intelligence. They can go to school and should go to school. It is important that the class teacher is informed and should be counselled about the necessary measures to be taken in the event of seizure.

Epilepsy and Women: “Epilepsy holds implications for the well-being of women in the social, psychological, medical and reproductive spheres. The fear that disclosure may adversely affect marital prospects of women with epilepsy of marriageable age is very important concern among parents. Quite often, this fear or felt stigma leads the parents to establish a marital alliance without disclosing the fact that their son or daughter has epilepsy. This happens more with daughters than with sons in the male-dominated society like ours”, said Dr Gagandeep Singh. The public should realise that women with epilepsy can marry, have normal sexual function, bear children and go through normal reproductive cycle as any other women.



Residents get tips on epilepsy
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 16
The Department of Neurology of Christian Medical College, here organised a function on the eve of National Epilepsy Day, which falls on November 17. Nearby 75 children from 12 schools of the city participated in a painting competition held on this occasion.

Dr S.N. Tiwari, Civil Surgeon, was the chief guest. He said about 0.5 per cent of the people suffered from Epilepsy. In our country, infections of the brain like tapeworm, tuberculosis and birth injuries are some of the preventable causes of epilepsy, he said. Dr Yashpal Singh, Head, Department of Neurology spoke about the different types of epilepsy and its causes. The basic principles of treatment and various precautions to be taken by the patients were highlighted by Dr Gagandeep Singh, Head, Division of Neurology at Dayanand Medical College.

Medical, dental and nursing students presented skits about various myths and misconceptions regarding epilepsy. The nursing students displayed educational posters regarding the treatment of epilepsy. Two young girls suffering from epilepsy shared about their experience with the gathering. It was encouraging to note that they were able to achieve their targets even while undergoing treatment for epilepsy.

Dr Tiwari distributed the prizes to the winners of the painting and poster-making competitions. 



Neeraj Malhotra causes upset
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 16
Neeraj Malhotra caused a flutter when he defeated former national star and state champion Achint Verma by two frames to one in snooker during the ongoing annual sports carnival being organised for the members and their dependants of Satluj Club here today.

Achnit wrapped up the first frame easily 93-3. In the second frame, Neeraj gave tough time to the former Punjab champion to clinch it 58-53. In the decider, Neeraj went on to win it hands down 93-11 and register an upset victory.

In another match, former Punjab junior number one Nitin Gupta lost to Gaurav Joshi in similar fashion 1-2. Nitin won the first frame 63-41 before going down in the next game by seven points (60-67). In the third frame, Gaurav faced no challenge as he emerged winner 79-40.

Sanjay Jain beat Navneet Malhotra 2-1 (93-44 and 67-4), while Sanjeev Bhalla outclassed Amit Kothari 2 frames to 1. The final score sheet read 34-43, 63-25 and 92-9 in favour of Sanjeev.


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