Take Two for September 30, 2013

Epilepsy study reveals the brain in action


KQED Science

Nate Bennett relaxes in his hospital bed, waiting to detect changes as tiny jolts of electricity enter his brain.

People with serious epilepsy are debilitated by seizures. Surgery can cure the problem, but only after doctors learn exactly where and how seizures are triggered. That requires watching the human brain in action.

The California Report's Amy Standen found one patient that has volunteered to let scientists study his brain by opening it up. 

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