New Device Reduces Seizures, No Surgery Required

By Jon Hamilton — From Published at July 29, 2011 Views 1,506 Comments 1 Likes 1

A experimental device that delivers electrical pulses to the forehead can help control epileptic seizures, say scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The device works by stimulating the trigeminal nerve, which runs just beneath the skin covering the eyebrows. Electrical signals follow that nerve to areas in the brain where seizures often begin, researchers say.

The approach, which is not yet approved by the FDA, could offer an alternative or enhancement to treatment with drugs, says Christopher DeGiorgio, the neurologist at UCLA who invented the new approach.

"Medications can cause mood problems, fatigue or problems with thinking for some people," DeGiorgio says. "I see this as an alternative because it doesn't cause those side effects."…

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riverkings July 29, 2011 at 9:09 am   

there is also a video with more information here is the link