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An Innovative Device Combined With Medication Could Tame Epileptic Seizures | NBC Nightly News


THE DEVICE TAKE MEDICATION AS WELL AND THE COMBINATION IS MEDICATION AS WELL AND THE COMBINATION IS OFFERING SOME THE COMBINATION IS OFFERING SOME SURPRISING RESULTS. OFFERING SOME SURPRISING RESULTS. HERE’S OUR MEDICAL SURPRISING RESULTS. HERE’S OUR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT DR. JOHN HERE’S OUR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT DR. JOHN TORRES. CORRESPONDENT DR. JOHN TORRES.>>SIMPLY WALKING DOWN TORRES.>>SIMPLY WALKING DOWN THE STREET ALONE, NOT>>SIMPLY WALKING DOWN THE STREET ALONE, NOT UNCOMMON FOR MOST, BUT THE STREET ALONE, NOT UNCOMMON FOR MOST, BUT FOR EMILY BORGARD IT’S UNCOMMON FOR MOST, BUT FOR EMILY BORGARD IT’S PART OF HER VICTORY FOR EMILY BORGARD IT’S PART OF HER VICTORY LAP. PART OF HER VICTORY LAP.>>I DIDN’T HAVE A LAP.>>I DIDN’T HAVE A LIFE.>>I DIDN’T HAVE A LIFE.>>Reporter: EMILY HAS LIFE.>>Reporter: EMILY HAS EPILEPSY.>>Reporter: EMILY HAS EPILEPSY. AT ONE POINT SUFFERING EPILEPSY. AT ONE POINT SUFFERING UP TO 200 SEIZURES A AT ONE POINT SUFFERING UP TO 200 SEIZURES A DAY, AND HER MEDICINE UP TO 200 SEIZURES A DAY, AND HER MEDICINE WASN’T WORKING. DAY, AND HER MEDICINE WASN’T WORKING. GOING TO SCHOOL, WASN’T WORKING. GOING TO SCHOOL, LIVING ON YOUR OWN, GOING TO SCHOOL, LIVING ON YOUR OWN, DRIVING A CAR, THINGS LIVING ON YOUR OWN, DRIVING A CAR, THINGS WE TAKE FOR GRANTED, DRIVING A CAR, THINGS WE TAKE FOR GRANTED, YOU WEREN’T ABLE TO DO WE TAKE FOR GRANTED, YOU WEREN’T ABLE TO DO THOSE. YOU WEREN’T ABLE TO DO THOSE.>>NO, I WAS DEPENDANT THOSE.>>NO, I WAS DEPENDANT ON EVERYBODY.>>NO, I WAS DEPENDANT ON EVERYBODY.>>Reporter: BUT HER ON EVERYBODY.>>Reporter: BUT HER LIFE TOOK A DRAMATIC>>Reporter: BUT HER LIFE TOOK A DRAMATIC TURN TEN YEARS AGO LIFE TOOK A DRAMATIC TURN TEN YEARS AGO WHEN SHE GOT AN TURN TEN YEARS AGO WHEN SHE GOT AN EXPERIMENTAL MEDICAL WHEN SHE GOT AN EXPERIMENTAL MEDICAL DEVICE FOR THE BRAIN EXPERIMENTAL MEDICAL DEVICE FOR THE BRAIN TO CONTROL HER DEVICE FOR THE BRAIN TO CONTROL HER CONDITION. TO CONTROL HER CONDITION. SHE TOLD US THEN IT CONDITION. SHE TOLD US THEN IT WAS HER ONLY HOPE FOR SHE TOLD US THEN IT WAS HER ONLY HOPE FOR RELIEF. WAS HER ONLY HOPE FOR RELIEF.>>WE WERE KIND OF AT RELIEF.>>WE WERE KIND OF AT THE POINT OF HAVING>>WE WERE KIND OF AT THE POINT OF HAVING THE SURGERY AND HOPING THE POINT OF HAVING THE SURGERY AND HOPING THAT IT’S GOING TO THE SURGERY AND HOPING THAT IT’S GOING TO WORK. THAT IT’S GOING TO WORK.>>Reporter: SINCE WORK.>>Reporter: SINCE THEN, THE SYSTEM HAS>>Reporter: SINCE THEN, THE SYSTEM HAS BEEN FDA APPROVED, AND THEN, THE SYSTEM HAS BEEN FDA APPROVED, AND THE NEWLY RELEASED BEEN FDA APPROVED, AND THE NEWLY RELEASED NINE-YEAR STUDY THE NEWLY RELEASED NINE-YEAR STUDY CONCLUDES PATIENTS NINE-YEAR STUDY CONCLUDES PATIENTS EXPERIENCE A CONCLUDES PATIENTS EXPERIENCE A SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION EXPERIENCE A SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION OF SEIZURES. SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION OF SEIZURES. IN SOME CASES UP TO OF SEIZURES. IN SOME CASES UP TO 90% FEWER. IN SOME CASES UP TO 90% FEWER. THE TREATMENT REMAINS 90% FEWER. THE TREATMENT REMAINS SAFE OVERTIME AND THE TREATMENT REMAINS SAFE OVERTIME AND PATIENTS EXPERIENCE AN SAFE OVERTIME AND PATIENTS EXPERIENCE AN IMPROVED QUALITY OF PATIENTS EXPERIENCE AN IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE. IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE. SOME COMPARE IT TO A LIFE. SOME COMPARE IT TO A PACEMAKER FOR THE SOME COMPARE IT TO A PACEMAKER FOR THE BRAIN. PACEMAKER FOR THE BRAIN. THE DEVICE IS BRAIN. THE DEVICE IS IMPLANTED IN THE THE DEVICE IS IMPLANTED IN THE SKULL. IMPLANTED IN THE SKULL. IT READS BRAIN WAVES, SKULL. IT READS BRAIN WAVES, AND WHEN IT DETECTS IT READS BRAIN WAVES, AND WHEN IT DETECTS ABNORMAL ACTIVITY TINY AND WHEN IT DETECTS ABNORMAL ACTIVITY TINY ELECTRICAL PULSES STOP ABNORMAL ACTIVITY TINY ELECTRICAL PULSES STOP SEIZURES BEFORE THEY ELECTRICAL PULSES STOP SEIZURES BEFORE THEY START. SEIZURES BEFORE THEY START. THE BATTERY LASTS START. THE BATTERY LASTS ABOUT EIGHT YEARS AND THE BATTERY LASTS ABOUT EIGHT YEARS AND THEN REQUIRES A MINOR ABOUT EIGHT YEARS AND THEN REQUIRES A MINOR PROCEDURE TO REPLACE THEN REQUIRES A MINOR PROCEDURE TO REPLACE IT. PROCEDURE TO REPLACE IT. EMILY’S DOCTOR CAN IT. EMILY’S DOCTOR CAN TRACK HOW IT IS EMILY’S DOCTOR CAN TRACK HOW IT IS WORKING. TRACK HOW IT IS WORKING.>>THIS IS THE ONLY WORKING.>>THIS IS THE ONLY DEVICE I KNOW OF THAT>>THIS IS THE ONLY DEVICE I KNOW OF THAT CANNOT ONLY TREAT DEVICE I KNOW OF THAT CANNOT ONLY TREAT SEIZURES BUT AT THE CANNOT ONLY TREAT SEIZURES BUT AT THE SAME TIME IT GIVES US SEIZURES BUT AT THE SAME TIME IT GIVES US CONTINUOUS READINGS SAME TIME IT GIVES US CONTINUOUS READINGS AND CAN HELP DIAGNOSE CONTINUOUS READINGS AND CAN HELP DIAGNOSE AND TOLD US EXACTLY AND CAN HELP DIAGNOSE AND TOLD US EXACTLY WHERE THE SEIZURE IS AND TOLD US EXACTLY WHERE THE SEIZURE IS COMING FROM. WHERE THE SEIZURE IS COMING FROM.>>IT’S A TINY DEVICE. COMING FROM.>>IT’S A TINY DEVICE.>>Reporter: FOR EMILY>>IT’S A TINY DEVICE.>>Reporter: FOR EMILY IT’S BEEN A LIFE>>Reporter: FOR EMILY IT’S BEEN A LIFE SAVER. IT’S BEEN A LIFE SAVER. SHE GRADUATED FROM SAVER. SHE GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE WITH A SHE GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE WITH A GRADUATE DEGREE IN COLLEGE WITH A GRADUATE DEGREE IN SOCIAL WORK, TRAVELED GRADUATE DEGREE IN SOCIAL WORK, TRAVELED THE WORLD AND SHOW NOW SOCIAL WORK, TRAVELED THE WORLD AND SHOW NOW HELPS DISTRIBUTE THE WORLD AND SHOW NOW HELPS DISTRIBUTE DONATIONS TO NEW HELPS DISTRIBUTE DONATIONS TO NEW YORK’S HOMELESS. DONATIONS TO NEW YORK’S HOMELESS.>>I CAN NEVER GIVE YORK’S HOMELESS.>>I CAN NEVER GIVE ENOUGH BACK FOR WHAT>>I CAN NEVER GIVE ENOUGH BACK FOR WHAT THEY PROVIDED FOR ME, ENOUGH BACK FOR WHAT THEY PROVIDED FOR ME, SO I CAN JUST KEEP THEY PROVIDED FOR ME, SO I CAN JUST KEEP PAYING IT FORWARD. SO I CAN JUST KEEP PAYING IT FORWARD.>>Reporter: A FULL PAYING IT FORWARD.>>Reporter: A FULL CIRCLE MOMENT, SO>>Reporter: A FULL CIRCLE MOMENT, SO GRATEFUL NOW TO THE CIRCLE MOMENT, SO GRATEFUL NOW TO THE DEVICE GIVING HER THE

8 thoughts on “An Innovative Device Combined With Medication Could Tame Epileptic Seizures | NBC Nightly News

  1. Now can they build one that improves stupidity? The have a prime candidate occupying the White House who could definitely use some help…

  2. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180516172255.htm

    Cannabidiol significantly reduces seizures in patients with severe form of epilepsy
    Study looked at two doses of cannabis-derived medication's effectiveness in Lennox-Gastaut syndrome
    Date:
    May 16, 2018
    Source:
    NYU Langone Health / NYU School of Medicine
    Summary:
    Cannabidiol (CBD), a compound derived from the cannabis plant that does not produce a 'high,' was shown in a new large-scale, randomized, controlled trial to significantly reduce the number of dangerous seizures in patients with a severe form of epilepsy called Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. This study also is the first to offer information on cannabidiol dosing for patients with treatment-resistant epilepsy.

    Cannabidiol (CBD), a compound derived from the cannabis plant that does not produce a "high" and has been an increasing focus of medical research, was shown in a new large-scale, randomized, controlled trial to significantly reduce the number of dangerous seizures in patients with a severe form of epilepsy called Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.

    In the new study comparing two doses of CBD to a placebo, the researchers reported a 41.9 percent reduction in "drop seizures" — a type of seizure that results in severe loss of muscle control and balance — in patients taking a 20 mg/kg/d CBD regimen, a 37.2 percent reduction in those on a 10 mg/kg/d CBD regimen, and a 17.2 percent reduction in a group given a placebo.

    The phase III trial was led by principal investigator and study first co-author Orrin Devinsky, MD, a professor of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine and director of NYU Langone's Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, and was published online May 17 in The New England Journal of Medicine.

    "This new study adds rigorous evidence of cannabidiol's effectiveness in reducing seizure burden in a severe form of epilepsy and, importantly, is the first study of its kind to offer more information on proper dosing," says Dr. Devinsky. "These are real medications with real side effects, and as providers we need to know all we can about a potential treatment in order to provide safe and effective care to our patients."

  3. I’m happy for her too….but FDA….the same people that allow carcinogens into cereal….what about high concentrated amounts of cannabis? It’s been proven to reduce or eliminate seizures…I want to know more about this “medication” that works so well with this device.

  4. 200 seizure in one day pff that is nothing comapaired to my abscence seizures mom and i figured out on avarage how many seizures i had here is how we did it so my seizures last one second and happened every minute to every minute and a half so there are 60 seconds in a minute and 24 hours in a day then i was i was having seizures every 1440 minutes

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