A new robot makes brain surgery for epilepsy easier

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Engineers have developed a surgical robot that can perform brain surgery by entering through the cheek, allowing for a much quicker recovery. It’s designed to help patients with severe epilepsy, for which the traditional treatment includes surgery to the part of the brain responsible for seizures, the hippocampus. Because this is located at the base…

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Scientists have discovered your brain’s on/off switch

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Scientists from George Washington University have discovered a way to switch human consciousness on and off – and they weren’t even looking for it. As New Scientist reports, lead researcher Mohamad Koubeissi and his team were monitoring an epileptic patient’s brain activity by sending high frequency signals to deep brain electrodes, to try to identify…

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