A small in-human research study offers hope of inhibiting focal seizures in patients with refractory epilepsy.Alongside the areas of the brain involved with a focal seizure, research carried out at the University of Alabama found that similar electrical activity was also evident in a key area of the brain which is involved in seizure generation (the anterior thalamic nucleus).  This heightened electrical activity was present prior to the onset of a seizure.Alongside this finding the researchers have also been able to confirm that an algorithm can detect this early warning activity in the brain. Together, these two findings offer the future possibility of inhibiting a focal epileptic seizure — before the patient feels any symptoms — through neurostimulation of this area of the brain. To read more about this exciting piece of research, please use the link here: