Epilepsy treatment side effect: New insights about the brain

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SEATTLE (AP) - People with epilepsy are contributing in surprising ways to research into the brain.

When they need surgery, scientists get a chance to get a peek inside. Some patients donate lumps of brain tissue that's removed in the course of surgery. It can be studied in labs while still alive. Other patients participate in experiments that show how brain circuits handle certain tasks. Their neuronal activity is monitored by sensors that were surgically implanted to find the origin of their seizures.

The participating patients say they're glad to help illuminate the inner workings of a most mysterious organ.

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