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Install the "chip" in the Brain to Control Epileptic Seizure

On January 7th, the Specialized Committee on Interventional Neurology, Chinese Institute of Research Hospitals was founded. According to relevant experts, with the development of interventional neurology, the treatment of such nerve diseases as epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, etc. has acquired a "new weapon", deep brain stimulation, which is to install a "chip" in the brain, enabling to effectively control the symptom of fremitus caused by epilepsy or Parkinson's disease which cannot be treated by medicine.

Epilepsy, also known as epilepsy wind, is kind of chronic disease that sudden abnormal discharge of brain neurons leads to short-term brain dysfunction. During the attack, the symptoms such as convulsions, obnubilation, spasm will occur. If attacked frequently and for a long time, it will have a negative effect on the patient’s body and mind as well as intelligence. Liu Xinfeng, director of Neurology Department of Nanjing General Hospital introduced that epileptic seizure is often sudden. However, if implanting a smart chip in the patient’s brain, it can perceive the development of the disease ahead of time to take timely measures to control the disease.

The latest epidemiological data showed that there are about 50 million people with epilepsy worldwide, and nearly a fifth of them are in China. Among them, about 70% can be controlled with medicine, and the other three million with intractable epilepsy cannot be treated with drugs for whom the deep brain stimulation therapy is a new hope for treatment. Liu said that at present, the brain chips sensing epilepsy is just an individual case which can not be taken as a standardized treatment scheme. But it can be predicted that in the future, many patients who can not be treated with drugs or have a bad effect with drugs can acquire a better effect through interventional neurology.

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