New Discovery To Ease PMT, Epilepsy

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Scientists have found how pre-menstrual tension (PMT) and epilepsy affects brain and give hope for developing way to control brain receptors and block the symptoms.

A team of scientists from University of Cambridge, Aston University and University of Alberta have discovered a switch in brain that is responsible for behaviour of a person who is, for example, drunk of suffers from PMT or epilepsy.


The switch is a brain receptor that reacts on a messenger chemical GABA, which is responsible for sending signals to brain. These receptors are very sensitive, and researchers will try to find ways of blocking them not to receive annoying signals caused by health conditions.

Nigel Brown from Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council said: "If we learn the detailed mechanisms by which the body functions, medical scientists and the pharmaceutical industry can develop treatments to intervene when it goes wrong."

The research is shows receptor blocking effective in rats. Scientists will conduct more researchers to try the mechanism on human. If successful, the new discovery will open new ways of effective pre-menstrual tension and epilepsy treatment.