• Epilepsy surgery spreads across UK

    Can you imagine having to knock out your own child in case their recurrent epilepsy seizures last so long that they might hurt themselves? Epilepsy is often intractable to drug therapy and in the past only specialist hospitals like Great Ormond Street could provide the surgery that eliminates epilepsy at it’s cause. Shortly this treatment, which eases the burden both on the sufferer and their family/carers, will be made available all across the UK:  http://bbc.in/JTWXzc #braintweet #neurosurgery

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