New “Rogue Waves” Can Help Treat Epileptic Seizures Better

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A new study published in the Journal of Neural Engineering finds that tracking “rogue brainwaves” can pinpoint exact location of epileptic seizures and thus help doctors better treat patients needing brain surgery.


What is epileptic seizure?


Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder in which brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations, and sometimes loss of awareness. Epileptic seizures can affect both males and females of all races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.



According to World Health Organization, around 50 to 60 million people worldwide are affected by epilepsy.


In most cases, anti-epileptic drugs can help control seizures. But in around 300 cases annually where drugs fail to provide adequate control over seizures, surgery is used to remove a specific area of the brain that's causing seizures.


Rogue waves can better identify the brain part triggering seizures


In order to help patients who need brain surgery, the researchers conducted a study to see if brain activity can identify the exact part of the brain triggering an epileptic seizure.



In the study, the researchers applied the "Hurst Exponent," a method to predict apparently random natural events such as 'rogue' ocean waves, to examine brain activity readouts in three patients with drug-resistant epilepsy awaiting brain surgery.


In two of the three patients tested, the Hurst Exponent had the same results as the traditional magnetoencephalography (MEG). In the third patient, however, the new analysis identified warning signs of seizure which traditional testing failed to detect.


With Hurst Exponent, the researchers gained a more accurate picture of the area of the brain from which the seizure originated.



“We see rogue waves in the brain when we look at data from patients with epilepsy and we can use these 'spikes' in the data to help the surgical team know where to operate," said Dr. Caroline Witton, lead author of the report.


In the foreseeable future, applying the Hurst Exponent test to the traditional tests can help surgeons better treat epileptic patients. The researchers are constantly working to develop methods that can better localize areas responsible for seizures in patients and reduce invasive procedures ahead of surgery.


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where can a patient get this done?
The researchers of this study are from Aston Brain Centre, Aston University, Birmingham. You can first consult them as the study still needs to further develop.

SAw someone with epileptic in a restaurant last week . Terrible .

People that have seen a Grand Mall say that, they never take into consideration the way the epidictic feels afterwards.  It's a tough and rough life never knowing when and if a seizure is coming.
My life as an epileptic isn't easy. The hardest part is when people judge you, make fun of you, or fear to be around you. I didn't choose this life. I ask God every day why I couldn't just have been born normal. Instead, I can't drive, I don't spend a lot of time with people because I don't want to make them feel like my babysitter, and I decided a long time ago that I would never have children because I wouldn't want to lay this burden on another human being for anything. But don't look at a seizure and call it terrible or rough and tough. It is my reality. It is what I have been given and I deal with it daily. Just don't judge us negatively for something you could NEVER understand.
I totally understand!!!  I have had a grand mall at a huge family get together and if that wasn't enough I wet myself which often happens with a grand mall.  We had guest as well and needless to say we have never had a family get together since. No occupation I wanted was opened to me, nor were I allowed to do the trips that other kids did.  I had a great neurologist until Obamacare now the guy that bought out his practice has caused me to lose my job but lied on my medical records to block me from getting disability payment and insurance.  My advice is to get a neurologist that is an epi because he/she will understand what you are going thru and not try to push new drugs with bad side effects on you like Dr. David Greer in Huntsville AL
It’s so frustrating what we through. I do have a goo job but I’m known as “that girl” and people say I get special treatment. I’m like the treatment I get ya do that I can try and function to your level. I’ve had comments made about me from people saying that I’ll never get fired because if I did I’d then go after the company for discrimination. I’m like wth? I just recently learned the tor the 37 years of my life I may been treated wrong. So my doc wants to bring me into a hospital and “make” me face a seizure so it can be recorded and analyzed. My whole life I’ve been trying to not have one and now I’m going to be put in a room and and different things are going to be done to me so that they cause me to have one. I grew up getting yelled at by my parents because I’d have seizures and this was because they thought I wasn’t taking my medication but I was. That didn’t stop them from making fun of me behind my back or even to my face when I would “space” out. It’s just not fair. In your case you don’t have good medical help due to insurance and in my case I suppose I’d say I do but I’m not getting any better treatment. This affects everything in our lives and I wake up afterwards and all I do is apologize. I’m embarrassed that I’ve made them feel in such away. If I could take it away from you I would. I can take a lot of things but it’s the way people treat us.
what i can't believe is it took 37 years for you to barely have testing done. I have epilepsy, i see one of the best drs in the country, and although i have grand mals, I still got married, have BEAUTIFUL,SMART, EXTREMELY ATHLETIC son. Theres no way i was going to let being an epileptic control my life. God is only one who can do that. Maybe try zonegram. it's worked best for me so far