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Why Even Well-Controlled Epilepsy Can Disrupt Thinking

Even people benefiting from medications for their epilepsy often continue to experience bouts of difficulty thinking, perceiving and remembering clearly. A study[1] by Stanford University School of Medicine investigators may help explain why. The cause is a pathological buzz of electrical brain activity that interferes with the brain’s normal activity. The researchers said that certain […]

Push-pull Dynamic In Brain Network Is Key To Stopping Seizures

The spread of seizures through the brain can be suppressed depending on the amount of pressure within the brain, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have discovered[1]. This is an important discovery that may revolutionize the treatment of drug-resistant epilepsy. Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases, affecting people of all ages. There are […]

Biocompatible Nanolaser Could Function Inside Living Tissues

A tiny nanolaser that can function inside of living tissues without harming them has been developed by researchers at Northwestern and Columbia Universities. Only 50 to 150 nanometers thick, the laser is about 1/1,000th the thickness of a single human hair. At this size, the laser[1] can fit and function inside living tissues, with the […]

Zebrafish On A Swing

A failure of glial cells in the brain underlies the triggering of an epileptic seizure, a recent study from Norway suggests. The research group studied epileptic seizures in zebrafish (Danio rerio). One advantage of these fish over the usual rodent model is they are transparent, so activity in their nervous system is easier to observe. […]