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New device will detect baby seizures sooner

A TEAM of researchers at UCC has created a new device that allows doctors to detect seizures and brain injuries in newborn babies.

Currently the only accurate way is with EEG, which measures electrical brain activity.

Most neonatal units in Europe lack this expertise and have to rely on clinical judgment alone, a practice which can be inaccurate.

However a team of doctors at UCC has developed what they call a "signal processing system" that doesn't involve complicated equipment or need an expert to interpret results.

Dr Geraldine Boylan said the new system was important as seizures were more common in the neonatal period than at any other time in life.

Irish Independent