Drug-resistant epilepsy is thought to affect about 30% of people with epilepsy, which is more than 200,000 people nationwide. Now new research has suggested that a protein found in a type of worm could help to reduce the number of epileptic seizures experienced by people whose epilepsy remains uncontrolled. At the moment the findings have only been witnessed in animal models and the next step will be to study the protein in humans.In a series of experiments, researchers at University College London noticed that the protein substantially reduced the number of seizures in epileptic rats by stopping their brain cells from firing too rapidly when they started getting over-excited. The team extracted the protein from a type of microscopic worm known as nematodes and injected it into the brain of rats through a harmless virus. When the brain becomes over-excited, the brain produces a chemical that activates this protein which then effectively dampens down the brain activity, reducing the severity of epileptic seizures.Professor Bruno Frenguelli, of the University of Warwick and chair of Epilepsy Research UK’s Scientific Advisory Committee said “This is a really exciting, new approach to the treatment of epilepsy.”The lead researcher Dimitri Kullmann, a Professor of Neurology at University College London says “We are very excited by this – it’s a clever way of suppressing seizures. Getting this into the NHS will be a long drawn out process but we’re very optimistic”To read more about this research, use the link here.
2019-10-26T23:01:51+01:00July 27th, 2018|