Despite their growing popularity, electric shocks may
not be good for epileptics.
Electric shocks are known to
impose order among the
neurons, or nerve cells, but
scientists at the George
Washington Dc, and the
Georgia Institute of Technology at Athens, Georgia, suggest that an abnormal degree
of order among such cells,
instead of their natural state
of chaos, is what probably
causes epileptic spasms.
The scientists found that during chemically induced seizures in rats, nerve cells fire erratically but in unison, a phenomenon called "chanting". The scientists believe that seizures could be avoided by implanting tiny electrodes in the brain to disrupt neuronal chanting". But further animal tests are needed before such treatment is tried out.
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