Category: "Seizures"

New TikTok feature allows users to avoid videos with epileptic seizure triggers

New TikTok feature allows users to avoid videos with epileptic seizure triggers

TikTok announced it is rolling out a new feature that will allow people with photosensitive epilepsy to automatically skip videos that can trigger seizures. The “Skip All” option will be introduced to all users over the next few weeks and comes a few months after TikTok began automatically warning creators if a video contains effects, like […]

Breakthrough brain stimulator could revolutionize treatment for neurological disorders

Breakthrough brain stimulator could revolutionize treatment for neurological disorders

Rice University engineers have developed the smallest implantable brain stimulator demonstrated in a human patient. Thanks to pioneering magnetoelectric power transfer technology, the pea-sized device developed in the Rice lab of Jacob Robinson in collaboration with Motif Neurotech and clinicians Dr. Sameer Sheth and Dr. Sunil Sheth can be powered wirelessly via an external transmitter and used to stimulate the […]

Complication rates low for vagus nerve stimulation surgeries

Complication rates low for vagus nerve stimulation surgeries

Key takeaways: Researchers examined 606 vagus nerve stimulation surgeries performed on 437 individuals. Mean surgery duration was higher for those with complications compared with those without. Vagus nerve stimulation surgeries were relatively safe, with complication rates low but differing depending on the type of procedure and presence of complications, researchers reported in Brain and Spine. “Vagus […]

Exploring how gene variants affect brain cells in children with severe epilepsy

Exploring how gene variants affect brain cells in children with severe epilepsy

Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes recurring seizures. It is one of the most common neurological diseases, and it affects approximately 50 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. In 2023, nearly 450,000 children in the United States were diagnosed with the disease. Virginia Tech researchers at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at […]

New Brain Target Key to Easing Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy

New Brain Target Key to Easing Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy

Some people with tough-to-treat epilepsy might benefit if doctors target a brain region newly linked to the disorder, a new study suggests. Seizures declined by 83% after a patient underwent surgery that removed almost all of the fasciola cinereum, a previously overlooked region of the hippocampus, researchers report April 17 in the journal Nature Medicine. In practical terms, […]

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