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US study into DBS for epilepsy

26 Dec 2012

brainMore research into deep brain stimulation (DBS) has shown that the positive effects in epilepsy are long lasting. The latest results show a 69 per cent average reduction in seizure frequency five years after the DBS device was implanted.

DBS is a treatment that involves a stimulating electrode being implanted in the brain. This stimulates specific areas deep in the brain to prevent seizures. It has been used to treat Parkinson’s disease for many years, but is still rarely used to treat epilepsy.

‘Calm down’ genes treat epilepsy in rats

20 Nov 2012

Scientists working at University College London have cured epilepsy in rats by adding a special ‘calm down’ gene. The gene stops groups of neurons (brain cells) becoming too excited – and prevents seizures.

According to a report on BBC News, the researchers have developed two ways of manipulating the behavior of individual cells inside the brain in order to prevent seizures.

UK epilepsy services survey

6 Aug 2008

One of our stated aims is to "bring about permanent change for the social and medical benefit of people with epilepsy". We achieve this in a number of different ways, including asking people about their personal experiences of living with the condition - and this is what we're doing at the moment.

If you live in the UK, and have used epilepsy services in the last two years, then we would like you to complete our survey.  

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