Electrical Stimulation Stops Epileptic Seizures

People with epilepsy, especially those who don't respond to anti-seizure medication, may one day be helped with a kind of brain pacemaker. Researchers have shown that it is possible to detect the start of an epileptic seizure and to then automatically apply high-frequency electrical stimulation (HFES) to the brain to stop the seizure progressing, according to a report in the Annals of Neurology. Dr. Ivan Osorio from University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, told Reuters Health that "this is a promising, cost-effective therapeutic option" for people with epilepsy who aren't helped by anticonvulsants.

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