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Seizures in infants occur more commonly than in adults, and in some cases can be predictive of development of epilepsy in later life. Scientists have found the nerve cells in the brain that misfire use a particular type of chemical, or neurotransmitter, called GABA. GABA plays a different role in children compared to adults, with young brains using the neurotransmitter to stimulate brain cells, and older brains to inhibit them. This discovery paves the way for improvement in management of childhood seizures, with medical experts cautious of using medications to manipulate infant brains.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by EurekAlert
About: Infant fits and link to epilepsy
Date: 7 December 2005
Author: Heidi Hardman
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