2-1-2009 | Workplace stress has no effect on seizure incidence

According to an Israeli study, workplace stress has no effect on the incidence of seizures in the workplace.

Dr. Shlomo Moshe's study, the largest of its kind ever conducted, surveyed over 300,000 people with no history of epilepsy and compared them to a sample of 16,000 people with epilepsy.

Over a period of three years, the researchers compared the rate of seizures to the types of duties each group of subjects was assigned to perform -- manual labor, combat fighting, or office work.

"The type of assignment didn't affect a person's chance of having a seizure at all. The biggest predictor of recurrence is time -- when the last seizure struck. Those that had seizures more than five years ago have little to worry about today," Dr. Moshe says.

The findings are published in the Epilepsia journal.