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New brain stimulation device for epilepsy sufferers

Epilepsy type 2 epilepsy (EEE2) is a rare disease of the central nervous system with a most severe and rapid progression. Prior clinical trials have found that neurostimulation therapy as either continuous EEG or pulse wave stimulation is of limited benefit in treatment-naive patients.

Until now no such device has been developed. In the current study which was published in Nature Neuroscience a team of researchers led by investigators from the University of Copenhagen set out to develop a new type of implantable stimulation system for the treatment of seizure-normal patients.

This means that the device is small is safe and is made of high-tech material which will give prison inmates a greater sense of autonomy and enhances the quality of life of prisoners says Nasser Ziarogoyah a Ph. D. candidate at the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the University of Copenhagen.

With this implantable technology the patient can be protected against the diseases related to the nervous system. There have been several small tissue implantable brain devices that have been developed for the treatment of epilepsy but they lack the full-body implantation system for the patient.

The flexible minimally invasive implantable stimulation system also offers shock-delivered stimulation precisely when a patient is in the presence of a sensory stimulator. It allows users to feel a sense of connectedness to the stimulator on the tactile score (or on the skin or in other circumstances).

This system is involved in the use of the power of brain to reach the sensory cortex. The sensory cortex is an area within the brain containing a large number of nerve cells that are then connected and interpreted by the brain. In the implanted system the electric voltage directly or indirectly is directed to the spinal cord and applied via cable cable to the implant device.

It was found that higher and sharper stimulation signals are required to induce induced seizure-normal behaviour. The stimulation system is not only nototoxic to the patients but also does not present any health risks for the patients.

Nasser Ziarogoyah a Ph. D. candidate at the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the University of Copenhagen.