Smart Woman: New Epilepsy Device Helps Prevent Seizures

Published 11/25 2013 06:53PM

Updated 11/25 2013 07:03PM

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new device to help epilepsy patients who don't respond to medications. About 40 percent of people with epilepsy continue to struggle with seizures despite drug treatment.

The RNS Stimulator device is implanted under the scalp and sends tiny electrical impulses to nerve cells in the brain to stop seizures before they happen.

While it's not a complete cure, the device can reduce the frequency and severity of seizures in patients. 

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