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Breakthrough Epilepsy Treatment

A small device similar in size to a pacemaker is being called a breakthrough in epilepsy treatment. It has proven to be an extremely successful treatment for epilepsy patients who do not respond to medication. The device sends mild electrical stimulation to the brain to diminish or completely stop seizures. Canton-Potsdam Hospital in Potsdam is the first hospital in North Country to offer the vagus nerve stimulation or VNS to its epilepsy patients in the Syracuse to Burlington region. The small device is implanted in the chest. A wire, connected to the generator, is tunneled under the skin and coils at the end to wrap around the vagus nerve in the neck. The device delivers preprogrammed electrical pulses to the vagus nerve 24 hours a day. Todd Moe spoke with Dr. Lucas Koberda, a neurologist on staff at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, who's offering this new therapy option to patients. Koberda says the device, referred to as a "pacemaker for the brain" provides new hope for a higher quality of life for patients with uncontrollable epilepsy.  Go to full article

NC Behavioral Health Care Network

Mental health and substance abuse services in the North Country will get a big boost from New York State. The Department of Health is awarding a grant worth nearly $200,000 to a regional network of providers. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Alcohol

Why is it that sometimes consuming alcohol can be pleasurable and at other times have devastating effect? Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley talk about how alcohol operates in the body and brain.  Go to full article

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