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Title: Does the lunar phase have an effect on sudden unexpected death in epilepsy?
Authors: Terra-Bustamante, Vera C.
Scorza, Carla A. [UNIFESP]
Albuquerque, Marly de [UNIFESP]
Sakamoto, Americo C.
Machado, Helio R.
Arida, Ricardo M. [UNIFESP]
Cavalheiro, Esper A. [UNIFESP]
Scorza, Fulvio A. [UNIFESP]
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Universidade de São Paulo (USP)
Keywords: Epilepsy
Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy
Circadian rhythms
Issue Date: 1-Feb-2009
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Citation: Epilepsy & Behavior. San Diego: Academic Press Inc Elsevier Science, v. 14, n. 2, p. 404-406, 2009.
Abstract: The incidence of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) in Our epilepsy unit over an 8-year period was analyzed to determine a possible association between phase of the moon and SUDEP. Analysis revealed that the number of SUDEPs was highest in full moon (70%), followed by waxing moon (20%) and new moon (10%). No SUDEPs Occurred during the waning cycle. These preliminary findings suggest that the full moon appears to correlate with SUDEP. (C) 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 1525-5050
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