Miami, Dec 7 (EFE) .- Experts from the University of North Florida (UNF) and the Mayo Clinic managed to anticipate the seizures of patients with epilepsy by half an hour through measurements made with a bracelet.
For Dr. Mona Nasseri, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at UNF, it is a gift of time that can offer hope for a better life to these patients, allowing them to take fast-acting medications or alter their activities to avoid such episodes.
The study, the university said in a statement released this week, found patterns when researchers compared physiological data collected by a monitoring device worn on the wrist with the actual time of a seizure.
By analyzing data, such as heart rate, body temperature, and movement, the researchers found that they would have been able to predict most seizures about 30 minutes before they occurred.
These findings show that it is possible to provide reliable seizure prognoses without directly measuring brain activity, the university stressed.
“I’ve seen these patients and I know they need something like this. When they have a lot of seizures that are resistant to drugs, they have to avoid so many activities. We hope we can help them,” Nasseri said.
The study is part of the Epilepsy Foundation of the American Institute for Epilepsy Innovation and the My Seizure Gauge project, which includes international collaboration.
This is the first study to follow people through their daily activities for six to 12 months, rather than previous work that relied on recording patient data at the hospital, according to Nasseri.
They tracked six people with drug-resistant epilepsy who had a neurostimulation device implanted that monitors the electrical activity of the brain.