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PRESS RELEASE: Epilepsy Research Opens a Window to the Brain

Cool Science and New Discoveries Highlighted During Epilepsy Awareness Month Newswise — West Hartford, Conn., November 5, 2014 — Rapidly emerging technologies, novel imaging techniques, the development of new therapies and new genes, have given researchers and clinicians an extraordinary ability to explore the brain at the cellular, genetic and neural levels. While current epilepsy research may seem like it’s ripped from the pages of a science fiction novel, it’s real—and even pretty cool. Epilepsy provides researchers with unparalleled avenues to discover how the brain is structured and how it functions: a true ‘window on the brain.’ In recognition of Epilepsy Awareness Month the American Epilepsy Society (AES) is highlighting just a few of the groundbreaking scientific developments...

Combining Imaging Technologies Could Provide Better Understanding of Brain Function

Combining two imagine technologies, such as MRI for structure and MEG for activity, could provide a new understanding of our how our brain works. New advances related to new uses of imaging technologies could help scientists uncover the brain’s mysteries. Now, European scientists have successfully combined magnetic resonance imagining, or MRI, scanning with an emerging imaging technology called magnetoencephalography, or MEG. There have thus bundled two ways of imaging the brain in one helmet-like device. Because MEG records the magnetic fields produced by our brain, as brain cells fire off messages to one another, it gives scientists a real-time insight into our brain as it processes its world around it. MRI, meanwhile, gives structural images of the brain by looking at blood flow a...

Stanford neuroscientist: ‘We’re now able to eavesdrop on the brain in real life’

Neuroscientists at Stanford University have made a major breakthrough with regards to how the human brain engages in quantitative thought, and some say it’s opening the door for being able to someday eavesdrop on the mind’s inner-workings. A team at Stanford’s School of Medicine had their findings published this week in the journal Nature Communications, and their eye-catching result is being considered a big step to understanding how the brain operates, specifically in terms of numbers.

Epilepsy Patients to Thank for Neurological Breakthroughs

Epilepsy Patients Shine Light for Scientists Into Human Perseverance Through story books and movies, the world has often wondered what it might be like to read minds, but rarely has epilepsy played a role in this vision until now. Scientists are making breakthroughs every day in the studies of how the human brain works, but Neurologist Josef Parvizi of the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford, along with his team of researchers, have worked with Epilepsy patients for their latest breakthrough. The struggle that those with epilepsy work with is immediately felt by those that know someone touched by the disorder. Epilepsy is considered a disorder rather than a disease due to the fact it is not directly contagious in any way. Those in extreme cases can experience one ...

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