Category: "Neurology"

New video article describes novel procedure that can monitor brain function

New video article describes novel procedure that can monitor brain function

A new video article in JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, describes a novel procedure to monitor brain function and aid in functional mapping of patients with diseases such as epilepsy. This procedure illustrates the use of pre-placed electrodes for cortical mapping in the brains of patients who are undergoing surgery to minimize the frequency of seizures. This technique, while […]

Laser Zaps Epilepsy — In Depth Doctor’s Interview

Dr. Daniel Curry, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine-Texas Children’s Hospital, talks about a laser that’s zapping seizures! Tell me a little bit about the laser. Dr. Daniel Curry: The ability for us to target lesions with this laser is actually greater than when we’re doing epilepsy surgery. In the conventional manner […]

Brain Cell Activity Imbalance May Account for Seizure Susceptibility in Angelman Syndrome

New research by scientists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine may have pinpointed an underlying cause of the seizures that affect 90 percent of people with Angelman syndrome (AS), a neurodevelopmental disorder. Published online June 6, 2012 in the journal Neuron, researchers led by Benjamin D. Philpot, PhD, professor of cell and molecular […]

McGill Researchers Discover The Cause Of An Inherited Form Of Epilepsy

Researchers at McGill University have discovered the cause of an inherited form of epilepsy. The disease, known as double-cortex syndrome, primarily affects females and arises from mutations on a gene located on the X chromosome. Drs. Susanne Bechstedt and Gary Brouhard of the Department of Biology have used a highly advanced microscope to discover how these […]

Epileptic Seizures May Be Predicted By Musical Brain Patterns

The research led by Newcastle University’s Dr Mark Cunningham and Professor Miles Whittington and supported by the Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research, indicates a novel electrical bio-marker in humans. The brain produces electrical rhythms and using EEG – electrodes on the scalp – researchers were able to monitor the brain patterns in patients with epilepsy. […]

First Epilepsy Surgery Performed at Spectrum Health

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – In an epilepsy monitoring unit at Spectrum Health’s Butterworth Hospital, a patient sits with a bundle of 51 wires emerging from his skull, connected to electrodes implanted in his brain. The 37-year-old man was the first to undergo a surgical procedure at Spectrum Health to implant the electrodes, which are helping doctors pinpoint […]