Archive for August, 2006

Seizures more common during full moon

Folklore has long described changes in human behavior such as increased seizure activity, increased incidence of childbirth, and exacerbated psychiatric disturbances associated with the lunar phase of the month. Although previous studies investigating this potential association have yielded conflicting results, a study of 859 people with epilepsy did in fact show a significant relationship between increased seizure activity during full-moon days. In this study, 34.2 percent of seizures occurred on full-moon days versus 21.4 percent of seizures occurred on days in which there was a new moon.

via Neurology, 2006