Automated detection of focal epileptic seizures in a sentinel area of the human brain: The goal is an early warning system to block incipient seizures for patients where medications have failed

Automated detection of focal epileptic seizures in a sentinel area of the human brain: The goal is an early warning system to block incipient seizures for patients where medications have failed

In a first-in-humans pilot study, researchers have identified a sentinel area of the brain that may give an early warning before clinical seizure manifestations from focal epilepsy appear. They have also validated an algorithm that can automatically detect that early warning. These two findings offer the possibility of squelching a focal epilepsy seizure -- before the patient feels any symptoms -- through neurostimulation of the sentinel area of the brain.

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