10-Year-Old Boy Recovers Impressively After One-Sixth of His Brain Is Removed

A new case study from Pittsburgh highlights the resilience of the human brain. It details a boy who, despite losing one-third of the right hemisphere of his brain when he was six, is now a mostly ordinary 10-year-old. Though he can’t see past the left side of his face, his brain has compensated for the loss in some ways by forming new neural connections, allowing him to recognise faces and objects as easily as anyone else. Read More >>

Why Do Some Still Images Trigger Seizures?

By now, most people are aware of strobe lights’ ability to induce photosensitive epileptic seizures. A troll allegedly gave a journalist a seizure with a tweet. An episode of Pokémon sent almost 700 Japanese children to the hospital. But still images can cause seizures, too, and scientists are just now starting to figure out how that happens. Read More >>

Music May One Day be Used to Treat Epilepsy

Epilepsy patients’ brainwaves tend to synchronise with music, and that discovery may one day help prevent seizures. Read More >>

This Robot Performs Less Intrusive Brain Surgery Through Your Cheek

The thought of a robot burrowing its way through your cheek to access your brain certainly sounds unsettling. But for conditions that require access to areas like the hippocampus located on the underside, it's actually far less invasive than cutting open the skull on top and having to drill through the entire brain to reach it. Which means there's far less recovery time for the patient. Read More >>

This Neural Implant Knows When Your Next Seizure Will Strike

Epilepsy affects some 60 million people worldwide, and for 40 per cent of them, the drugs don't work—conventional treatments show no effect against their disease. And while the seizures themselves are generally brief, the constant gnaw of not knowing when the next one will strike severely impacts patients' quality of life. This prototype early warning implant could give epileptics the freedom to live their lives. Read More >>