Prone sleeping position increases mortality rate among epilepsy patients

January 22, 2015 6:57 AM

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Sleeping in a particular position might put epileptic patients at a greater risk of death. The prone sleeping position or sleeping on the chest has been linked to a higher mortality rate among epilepsy patients, according to the findings of a recent study published in the journal Neurology. Though unexpected death due to sleeping in this position was found to be a relatively rare occurrence, the odds are surely higher.

Younger patients aged 40 or below are placed at a greater risk according to this study carried out under the guidance of James Tao, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor of neurology at the University of Chicago. Tao, together with his colleagues, reviewed 25 previously published studies which detaile...

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