What if I were to say there’s a new nerve stimulation therapy that requires NO SURGERY and reduces seizures among those who are drug resistant by about 40 percent?
SAY HELLO TO TRIGEMINAL NERVE STIMULATION!
Imagine a tiny, unobtrusive brain monitor — like an earbud or a hearing aid — that could read brainwaves through the ear.
Amazing as it sounds, this tiny device could help predict seizures and track daily seizures in people with uncontrolled epilepsy, according to a small pilot study.
Engineers at Imperial College in London have developed exactly that. An EEG device that can be worn inside the ear, like a hearing aid.
Gene therapy is an experimental technique that uses genes to treat or prevent disease.
In the future, this technique may allow doctors to treat a disorder by inserting a gene into a patient’s cells instead of using drugs or surgery.
Researchers are testing several approaches to gene therapy, including:
The U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of hospitals is considered the pre-eminent source for excellence.
For the 2016-2017 evaluations, 50 pediatric centers were ranked for serious neurological problems.
Here are the top-ranked centers for children with serious neurological problems, ranked in order.
Every year, patients and potential patients alike, look forward to the U.S. News & World Report’s list of top ranking hospitals.
Attached is a link to their most current list for neurology and neurosurgery hospitals in the U.S.
“It’s as if I’ve miniaturized my body and gone inside the patient.”
A science breakthrough: Robotic neurosurgery.
This minimally invasive surgery avoids traditional drilling through the skull by using miniaturized surgical instruments that fit through a series of tiny incisions.
They are mounted on three separate robotic arms — allowing the surgeon maximum range of motion and precision and less trauma to the patient.
Some patients with unexplained partial seizures which are medication resistant may have “autoimmune epilepsy” — epilepsy characterized by of autoimmune antibodies.
Although autoimmune epilepsy is still rare, it’s become an increasingly recognized cause of epilepsy, which might have been previously thought to be of unknown cause.
Recently, the FDA approved the very first 3D-printed medication.
3D printing has taken the world by storm, and although it may sound like science fiction, it’s here to stay.
And the pharmaceutical industry is getting in on this innovative technology.