Tuesday, September 11, 2007


If this works to detect and stop seizures before they happen, why wouldn’t it work on sex, violent, or compulsive offenders, or those building up a craving into a need? And how strong a shock could be provided to the brain?

A small device implanted in the skull that detects oncoming seizures, then delivers a brief electrical stimulus to the brain to stop them is under study at the Medical College of Georgia.
MCG is among 28 U.S. centers participating in a study to determine if the neurostimulator device can help patients whose seizures are not well controlled by drugs.

"The device constantly monitors electrical activity of the brain, gets accustomed to what is normal for that patient and, when it detects activity that is abnormal, within a few milliseconds, sends out a small electrical stimulus to stop it," says Dr. Yong Park, MCG pediatric epileptologist and a principal investigator.

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