Stories about treatment
Epilepsy Today first reported on the responsive neurostimulator (RNS) back in 2006, when nobody knew if it could be effective for treating epilepsy. After several years of trials and its recent FDA approval, the first epilepsy patient has had the implant procedure. The operation took place at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, US.
The RNS is an implant that learns the ‘signature’ of a person’s seizures. When it senses that signature, it sends an electronic charge, stopping the seizure before it starts.
Surgeons have been working on a new surgical technique for people with severe epilepsy. The technique has been used for a few years. Now a research study has shown that it is safe to use and produces good results.
A research study says that seizures can be predicted with a new device. The device is put in the brain, and is able to give a warning that a seizure is coming. The study was only small, but could prove to be an exciting development for people with epilepsy.
The device, once inside the brain, predicted seizures in some adults who have epilepsy that can’t be controlled by anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs). “Knowing when a seizure might happen could dramatically improve the quality of life and independence of people with epilepsy,” said lead author Mark Cook from the University of Melbourne in Australia.
The Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre was opened on Tuesday 19 February by The Princess Royal. It is based at the University of Edinburgh.
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.