Category: "Neurology"

Surgeons Use Brain Simulations to Identify Seizure Origins

Surgeons Use Brain Simulations to Identify Seizure Origins

Neurosurgeons are turning to whole-brain simulations to better understand and treat epilepsy According to a Singularity Hub article, a team of neurosurgeons is using whole-brain simulations to pinpoint the source of their patients’ seizures. In a recent study, the team used brain simulations to identify the origin of seizures in two patients with epilepsy. The simulations allowed […]

Common Questions About Vagus Nerve Stimulation

Common Questions About Vagus Nerve Stimulation

How do I know if I’m a candidate for vagus nerve stimulation (VNS)? VNS is primarily used for people whose epilepsy, depression, migraine, or cluster headaches aren’t responding sufficiently to medications, or for those who can’t tolerate medications. If you’re interested in VNS, discuss it with your doctor, says Kevin J. Tracey, MD, a neurosurgeon and president […]

Researchers Unlock Genetic Mutations Contributing to Disorders in the Brain

Researchers Unlock Genetic Mutations Contributing to Disorders in the Brain

Epilepsies are chronic neurological disorders in which large groups of neurons firing at the same time generate electrical activity that causes seizures and involuntary movements. They are one of the most common brain diseases in children and, in almost a quarter of cases, patients do not respond to standard medical treatments. Life-threatening treatment-resistant epilepsy often results […]

What Does Epilepsy Do to a Person?

What Does Epilepsy Do to a Person?

Epilepsy is the result of abnormal electrical activity in the brain, and the most common symptoms are sudden unusual behaviors, such as temporary confusion, staring and uncontrollable movements. “It’s sort of an electrical storm, if you will,” says neurologist Arun Antony, M.D., director of Epilepsy at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. “And although epilepsy is most common […]

How virtual models of the brain could transform epilepsy surgery

How virtual models of the brain could transform epilepsy surgery

An ongoing clinical trial aims to test whether digital models built using brain-scan data can help to identify where seizures originate. Virtual models representing the brains of people with epilepsy could help to enable more-effective treatments of the disease by showing neurosurgeons precisely which zones are responsible for seizures. The models, created using a computational […]

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