Monitoring seizures has just gotten a bit easier thanks to a new, ultrathin, ultraflexible implant. The implant is fully loaded with sensors that record all of the electrical currents that occur in the brain during a seizure. This new device records with almost 50 times better resolution than what was previously available with other devices.
This amount of details could help to revolutionize epilepsy treatment by making it possible for patients to have less invasive procedures as a means of detecting and treating their seizures. It could also help to create a better understanding of how the brain functions and give a better means of access to the brain through computer interfaces. This could help patients who aren’t responding very well to medications like Topamax have a chance to find out where their seizures are starting from so that this area of the brain can be removed through surgery. Normally, this kind of surgery takes place with a doctor removing an area of the skull and putting a bulky sensor on the surface of the frontal cortex.
Brian Litt, the epilepsy specialist and bioengineer at the University of Pennsylvania who led the research, says, “These clinical devices haven’t changed much since the ’50s or ’60s. (The previous) device shows just how far technology has advanced in the treatment of seizures.”
It is clear that this new technique can play a key role in figuring out just how the functional networks in the brain work and may even be able to help cure some diseases. This device can potentially help to make dangerous drugs like Topamax unnecessary, which will help some patients avoid some of the drug’s harmful side effects, which include birth defects in babies whose mothers take the drug while pregnant.
If your baby has been born with birth defects after being exposed to Topamax, contact attorney Greg Jones today for a free consultation. I am experienced in fighting Topamax lawsuits and may be able to help you recover money for your baby’s injuries.
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