New device warns epileptics seizure on way
Epileptics could receive warnings before a seizure is about to occur using a new device that detects signals from electrodes implanted in the brain, according to Australian scientists.
The technology, successfully tested in Melbourne, involves implanting electrodes between the brain and the skull. The signals from the electrodes are transmitted via another implant in the chest to a wireless hand-held device.
The device has three alert levels – low, moderate or high risk – and beeps and vibrates to alert people of the threat.
The device was tested with 15 people aged 20 to 62 and predicted high-level seizures from 56pc to 100pc of the time for those who used the device for more than four months. The average time from the alert to the seizure was 100 minutes.
Researchers said almost all of the seizures occurred following white light or red light alerts, which indicate a moderate or high risk. (© Daily Telegraph, London)