Authors: Olivia Stevenson (Future Science Group)
Engineers from UC Berkeley (CA, USA) have developed a neurostimulator that can monitor and stimulate electric currents in the brain simultaneously; this neurostimulator could potentially lead to new treatment options for individuals with diseases such as epilepsy and Parkinson’s.
Individuals with certain neurological conditions can be susceptible to seizures or tremors. The electrical signatures that occur in the brain to trigger such events are often subtle and can be difficult to monitor. To exacerbate this, the frequency and strength of the electric current needed to prevent them is also difficult to calculate. It can take doctors years to fine tune treatment.