Animal Research Minute – Could new research help children with epilepsy?

Well, the Vancouver Sun reports researchers are studying lab rats to learn about how a new drug could work to control absence seizures in children. Absence seizures happen when the brain fires a lot of high-frequency signals from its neurons, causing children to be in a day dream-like state. But new research with rats is helping scientists develop treatments to stop these seizures. While more research is needed, scientists are optimistic this research could lead to effective treatments for children with epilepsy.

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