You may not be aware that epilepsy affects one in a hundred Americans, making it a rather common brain disorder. A contestant on this season’s American Idol is epileptic and had to wear dark glasses to keep the blinking lights from triggering an attack.
While some people respond well to treatment, a third don’t and for most epileptics the cause of their seizures remains a mystery. Researchers are looking into a possible explanation. Using a combination of genetic analysis, mathematical modeling and microscopic imaging, scientists have identified millimeter sized microlesions in the brains of fifteen people who had surgery for their epilepsy. Their brains had otherwise appeared normal... More »