Research: Brain treatment reduces seizures

March 18, 2010 2:15:01 PM PDT
One third of people with epilepsy do not respond to medication. Now research is showing a brain treatment significantly reduces the frequency of seizures in these patients.

It's called Deep Brain Stimulation or DBS. A battery operated pacemaker is implanted to deliver electrical impulses to specific parts of the brain.

Stanford University conducted a trial with more than 100 patients. After three months with the device the rate of seizures was reduced by 40 percent .

Those who opted to keep using the device for three years saw an even greater reduction. The Food and Drug Administration is now considering whether to approve the treatment for epilepsy.