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Brain implant designed for patients with difficult-to-treat epilepsy


MIT's Technology Review has taken a look at a brain implant designed by Mountain View-based Neuropace to prevent the onset of seizures using electrical stimulation. Writer Emily Singer explains that:

While other devices stimulate the nervous system continuously or in a predetermined pattern, the Neuropace implant is unique in that it monitors the brain, delivering jolts of electricity only when it detects the abnormal electrical activity that signals the onset of a seizure.

Stanford neurosurgeon Jamie Henderson, MD, who was not involved with Neuropace or with the clinical trials, said of the device:

It sounds extremely promising. The demonstration that a system like this can be effective is a big step forward.

Photo by Mykl Roventine

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