by Adam Yardley
Technology isn’t simply being used to fuel our entertainment needs – there doesn’t seem to be a week that goes by without some form of news with regard to how tech is gradually improving our lives in one way or another. Whether it’s through exploration of the cosmos, research into animal life or pioneering studies in how to prevent certain illnesses and ailments, we have a lot to thank the growth of technology for – it’s not all scary robots and flimsy smartphones! Recently, research suggests that a new implant could help to reduce, or even eradicate, brain seizures – which could in time help to bring incredible relief to millions of people worldwide.
Brain seizures can already be largely supported by a number of medicines and treatments, however, not everyone benefits from them. Seizures of the brain can lead people to lose control of their motor skills or even lose consciousness completely – and according to sources, there may be an intriguing piece of tech on the way in the distant future that could save sufferers from having to take pills at all.
Researchers involved in a recent brain implant project have come together from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines and INSERM in France, as well as the University of Cambridge, UK, to develop what appears to be an incredible potential solution to seizure woes. While experimental at this time, tests on epileptic mice have shown that the device has proven to be extremely effective in reducing seizures to a complete stop. Essentially, the device prevents neurons from wildly firing in the brain – which can cause seizures – through the use of a transmitter.
The device cleverly detects neuron signals and creates an electric field – which is then transferred via membrane and into the brain itself – in order to silence, or at least to soften, the release of neuron fire. It’s been reported that the tissue-friendly transmitter was accepted by tested brains with no complaint – meaning that, unlike some medication for seizures that can be prescribed, it’s unlikely that any side effects will arise with regular use.
As with many studies currently taking place and still under development in lab conditions, it may well be a few years before this technology is made available for human use. If it does get that far, however, it could make all the difference for seizure sufferers all over the world.