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Women smokers may have higher seizure risk

November 27, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Women who smoke may have a higher risk of suffering seizures.That's according to the findings of a new study on more than 116,000 nurses in the U.S., ages 25 to 42.

Researchers at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston found that current smokers were two to three times more likely to suffer a seizure over a 16 year period than non-smokers.

It also found that former smokers had a 46 percent higher risk of developing the seizure causing disorder epilepsy than women who'd never smoked.

The findings are published in the journal "Epilepsia."