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Moonstruck? The effect of the lunar cycle on seizures.
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PMID:  18602495     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Recent reports on the effects of the lunar cycle on seizure occurrence have yielded mixed results. If the moon phase is influential, we hypothesized that this would be due to the moon's contribution to nocturnal illumination, rather than its waxing or waning state, and that significant correlations would not be apparent if local cloud cover were controlled for. We found a significant negative correlation between the mean number of seizures and the fraction of the moon illuminated by the sun (rho=-0.09, P<0.05) in 1571 seizures recorded in a dedicated epilepsy inpatient unit over 341 days. This correlation disappeared when we controlled for the local clarity of the night sky, suggesting that it is the brightness of the night and the contribution the moon phase makes to nocturnal luminance, rather than the moon phase per se, that may influence the occurrence of epileptic seizures.
Sallie Baxendale; Jennifer Fisher
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-07-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Epilepsy & behavior : E&B     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1525-5069     ISO Abbreviation:  Epilepsy Behav     Publication Date:  2008 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-09-08     Completed Date:  2009-04-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100892858     Medline TA:  Epilepsy Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  549-50     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy, Institute of Neurology UCL, Queen Square, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Retrospective Studies
Seizures / etiology*,  psychology*
Statistics, Nonparametric

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