Seizures and Full Moon

My mom has always said more babies are born when the moon is full. As far as I know, no one has checked that out. (I haven’t, anyway.) But Reuters said that people with epilepsy (as opposed to epileptics, which may now be un-PC) experience more seizures during a full moon.

The different phases of the moon have long been associated with changes in human behavior, according to folklore, with some believing that the lunar phases can trigger epilepsy or psychiatric disturbances. Studies investigating the potential association have yielded conflicting results.

Seizures in epileptics may be triggered by various environment-related phenomena, the researchers add. Epileptics and many emergency room physicians and nurses believe that moon can influence a patient’s mental health status.