The 411 on Epilepsy

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  • What Is Epilepsy?
  • What Causes Epilepsy?
  • What Are Seizures?
  • African-Americans and Epilepsy
  • Grand Mal Seizures
  • Signs That Someone May Be Having a Seizure
  • Responding to a Seizure
  • Diagnosing Epilepsy
  • Health Risks of Epilepsy
  • Weezy and Epilepsy

What Are Seizures?

Seizures are a result of abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Also known as "convulsions," a person suffering from seizures can shake uncontrollably. But there are many types of seizures, some of which have mild symptoms in which the body doesn’t shake at all. Most seizures last from 30 seconds to 2 minutes, and for the most part are harmless. 


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