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Study shows continuous electrical stimulation suppresses seizures in patients with epilepsy

When surgery and medication don’t help people with epilepsy, electrical stimulation of the brain has been a treatment of last resort. Unfortunately, typical approaches, such as vagal nerve stimulation or responsive nerve stimulation, rarely stop seizures altogether. But a new Mayo Clinic study in JAMA Neurology shows that seizures were suppressed in patients treated with continuous electrical stimulation. Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder in which nerve cell activity in the brain becomes disrupted. In the study, 13 patients with drug-resistant epilepsy were deemed unsuitable for resective surgery, which removes a portion of the brain — usually about the size of a golf ball — that was causing seizures. When patients are evaluated for surgery, a grid of electrical contacts ...

The push to develop smart devices to predict, stop epileptic seizures

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Researchers at Mayo Clinic were awarded a $6.8 million, five-year federal grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop intelligent devices to track and treat abnormal brain activity in people with epilepsy. The grant, part of a presidential initiative aimed at revolutionizing the understanding of the human brain, is called Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies or the BRAIN Initiative.

Top Rated US Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, (pictured above) is the best hospital for neurology and neurosurgery, according to the US News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings for 2014-2015 released today. The Mayo Clinic claimed the top spot this year over Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, which topped last year’s annual ranking but fell to third place behind New York–Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, New York City. Rankings are based largely on objective data on hospital performance, such as patient survival rates and resources like nurse staffing. Each hospital’s reputation, as determined by a survey of physician specialists, is also a factor.

New Scan A ‘Paradigm Shift’ in Epilepsy Research

By RICK NAUERT PHD Senior News Editor Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on August 27, 2012 An innovative new study merges engineering and clinical expertise to develop a revolutionary method to diagnose and treat epilepsy patients. Researchers from the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic believe a new type of non-invasive brain scan — taken immediately after a seizure — will provide advanced insight into possible causes and treatments for epilepsy patients. The new findings could benefit millions of people who are unable to control their epilepsy with medication. The research is published online in the journal Brain. Researchers say the study resulted in several significant findings: Important data about brain function can be gathered through non-invasive methods, not only during ...

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