Hope and healing for epilepsy

A team of epilepsy specialists reviews a patient's EEG scan in advance of surgery.

Jon T. Willie, MD, PhD, discusses how surgery has the potential of being a curative option for people with epilepsy in the latest edition of Curiosus Magazine.

We’ve all been there.

You’re working on your mobile device, laptop or PC, when suddenly, something unusual happens.

It might be just a screen flicker that quickly resolves itself. Or you have to reboot your machine. Or maybe you lose your work altogether. Either way, you may have just experienced how an electrical disturbance can affect a complex piece of equipment.

The human brain is similar. Like a computer, it uses electronic messages to perform its functions. The messages interact with each other, turning systems on or off, releasing hormones, controlling movements and more. However, an electrical disturbance in the brain can cause a seizure— a much more significant event than the loss of a few hours’ work. People who have two or more similar seizures at least 24 hours apart are typically diagnosed with epilepsy.

Read more in Curiosus Magazine.