Friday, February 5, 2010

Quakes of the Brain: Earthquakes and epilepsy are alike, says neuroscientist

Clinician scientist Ivan Osorio considers seizure prediction the “holy grail of neuroscience.”
By Mike Martin for Epilepsy USA

Although the best medicines can’t control seizures in nearly 25 percent of cases, epilepsy is as inspiring to Osorio—who received an Epilepsy Research Foundation New Therapy Grant in 2006—as it is intractable to his patients.
“Among the neurological disorders, it is the one where you can make the most difference,” said Osorio, who is a professor of neurology at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo.
In between seizures, the epileptic brain is, for the most part, normal. Seizures come in like a lion and go out like a lamb. But how to tame the lion?

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