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Low levels of brain activity "may trigger seizures"

30 March, 2004

Low levels of brain activity may be a trigger for seizures, according
to new research from the University
of Helsinki
and Washington
University
.

The study, published in the journal The
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
found that activity in the outer brain slowed
significantly when people with epilepsy were asleep.

Researchers studied 14 people with epilepsy and two people without
epilepsy whilst they were asleep over a period of nine days using
an EEG machine. In those with epilepsy, brain activity slowed but
was then followed by sharp bursts in brain activity.

The study's authors
have said that more research is needed but it may lead to
new treatments for epilepsy.