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A man became desperate after years of suffering from seizures. Medication didn't work and surgery wasn't an option as his seizures originated from several parts of the brain. He initially had complex partial seizures (start in the speech and comprehension area of brain and only last for seconds) which was misdiagnosed for years. It was not until he started to have grand mal seizures that his condition was diagnosed. He decided to try vagus nerve stimulation (VNS therapy) which uses specific electrical impulses to interrupt the electrical misfires in the brain that cause seizures. The treatment means he has to have a device implanted under the skin of his chest permanently and adjustments need to be made roughly every two months. He claims that he now suffers from fewer seizures and has increased energy as the little seizures are no longer draining him so much. He has also noticed that his depression has also abated. The treatment is being investigated for possible use as a therapy for obesity and depression.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Sun Herald
About: Implanted device alleviates previously untreatable seizure problems
Date: 27 January 2005
Source: The Sun Herald
Author: Jean Prescott
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