Monthly Archives: September 2016

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Written on Sep, 21, 2016 by in

Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder defined by recurrent seizures. Previously, we discussed what seizures are including how they manifest and progress. We briefly examined the broad types of epilepsy based on where in the brain they started and whether or not they spread to other parts of the brain.

There are at least 40 different types of epilepsy. Each type of epilepsy can come with a different seizure types. Each person’s epilepsy is unique to them, comprising different specific triggers, aetiologies, seizure types and severity among other characteristics. Different forms of epilepsy can be grouped into categories. These 4 categories describe the electrical activity pattern that occurs in the brain to induces a seizure. Diagnosis is usually made by an epilepsy specialist using a combination of descriptions of the seizures, an EEG, an MRI and family history. Here, we’ll dive deeper into these categories. This article will be more specific than our previous article. For a broader focus, we recommend reading that article first. (more…)

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Written on Sep, 13, 2016 by in

What are keratinocytes?

Take a look at your hands, your face and your toes. Most of what you’re seeing are your keratinocytes. They make up over 90% of the cells of the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin. The skin on your neck and the soles of your feet, the underside of your arm and your knees is very different. This difference is mainly in toughness and is caused by the amount of keratin proteins produced by the differentiated keratinocytes in that part of your skin. Keratin is an intermediate filament protein produced by keratinocytes. (more…)

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