Pacemaker for the brain could be a new standard treatment

Engineers out of UC Berkeley have developed a new type of neurostimulator which has the ability to stimulate and observe electric current in the brain concurrently. This has the potential to offer fine-tuned treatments to patients living with epilepsy.

The device, named the WAND, has been described as a “pacemaker for the brain,” it monitors the brain’s electrical activity and delivers electrical stimulation if it identifies something wrong.

Certain types of epilepsy riskier In pregnancy

Women living with frontal lobe epilepsy are more at risk to seizures during pregnancy than pregnant women living with focal or generalised epilepsy, a new study has reported.

Dr. Paula Voinescu, a neurologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston stated; "Physicians need to monitor women with focal epilepsy - especially frontal lobe epilepsy - more closely during pregnancy because maintaining seizure control is particularly challenging for them".