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Byline: Janice Gaston
Oct. 30--Epilepsy, a disorder that has been recognized and treated since ancient times, is caused by short disturbances in the electrical functions of the brain. Epilepsy interrupts the pattern of electrical charges passing between nerve cells in the brain to the rest of the body and causes repeated seizures.
Seizures are merely symptoms of epilepsy, which can have a variety of causes, including head injury, tumors, genetic conditions, lead poisoning, lack of oxygen at birth, and such infections as meningitis or encephalitis. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, in seven out of 10 cases, doctors don't know what caused it.