Washington: People who smoke are more likely to have seizures than those who don``t, says a new study by Boston-based researchers from Brigham and Women``s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.Barbara A. Dworetzky, M.D., and colleagues used data obtained from the Nurses`` Health Study II, a group of 116,608 female registered nurses, aged 25-42 years old who returned mailed questionnaires on their lifestyle and medical history including epilepsy and seizure activity.
Epilepsy is a neurological condition characterized by repeated unprovoked seizures where electrical disturbances in the brain cause sudden, involuntary changes in body movements (convulsions and muscle spasms) and sensory awareness.The study is currently available online and will appear in the February 2010 issue of journal Epilepsia. ANI
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