An innovative approach regarding the fight against epileptic seizures for those people who suffered a head injury was found by a group of researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). According to the researchers, it is possible to slow the progression of epilepsy with a process that sees the removal of newborn neurons.
This is what the researchers discovered by performing experiments on mice. The same researchers believe that the method can also be used successfully in humans. The method could be implemented for all those people who, following an accident or a violent act, suffer brain injuries. In fact, these people have a greater risk of developing seizures.
These occur because the new neurons that are generated after the brain injury do not migrate or develop normally and can therefore contribute to the development of epilepsy.
During the experiments, the researchers systematically removed the neurons that formed during the eight weeks following the lesion in mice. The results showed a 65% reduction in seizures compared to untreated mice.
“We now know that we can remove new neurons after the initial crises. Although we cannot stop the first convulsions, we can try to prevent secondary crises, which is very exciting and can lead to new therapeutic strategies,” says Jenny Hsieh, one of the authors of the study and professor of cell biology and director of Brain Health UTSA Consortium.