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Breast cancer drug found to reduce seizures

A class of drug that inhibits estrogen production and is used to treat breast cancer has been found to quickly and effectively suppress dangerous brain seizures, according to a new Northwestern University study.

Seizure Suppression
In a Northwestern University study, researchers found seizure activity is strongly suppressed in the animal that received the aromatase inhibitor just after seizure onset (bottom two signals), whereas seizure activity continues in the control animal (top two signals). Yellow is an EEG recording, and blue is a way of quantifying power in the EEG recording.
Credit:Credit: Northwestern University