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[WEB SITE] For patients with epilepsy has created a smart bracelet (VIDEO)

Для пациентов с эпилепсией создали «умный» браслет (ВИДЕО)

Dutch scientists have created the Nightwatch, a smart bracelet that monitors heart rate and movement of the user. In the case that the device will notice increased activity and reduction of muscles characteristic of epileptic seizure, the indicator light will turn red, and the bracelet itself will be able to report the attack to the medical staff.

This was reported in the journal Neurology.

The publication presents the results of the first study.

Repetitive seizures often occur when exposed to certain external and internal factors. For example, it is well known that the attack may be a touch to occur from exposure to bright flashing lights. In addition, epileptic seizures may accompany menstruation, as well as to synchronize with the cycles of sleep and wakefulness. In the latter case, the seizures often occur during sleep: to control them can be difficult, and to prevent the consequences without the use of special (often invasive) devices for monitoring — virtually impossible.

Especially to scientists from the University medical center Utrecht under the leadership of Johan Arends (Arends Johan) came up with a wearable bracelet, which is worn on the forearm of the patient and monitors two main indicators characteristic of epileptic seizures: elevated heart rate and irregular contraction of the muscles. Upon receipt of a signal from both of these indicators led color on the bracelet changes, but it also sends the audio signal to health workers.

The effectiveness of the bracelet tested on 28 patients with epilepsy: everyone wore the bracelet at least 65 nights. Scientists analyzed data about 1826 the night, which was 809 attacks. For additional control, participants were also videotaped during sleep, which allowed to calculate the percentage of false-positive and false-negative signals.

The bracelet has correctly recognized the attacks in 85 percent of cases, and about the most serious seizures, tonic-clonic, was able to report in 96 percent of cases.

Scientists hope that the use of the gadget will not only improve and simplify the monitoring of epileptic attacks, but also can reduce the number of sudden deaths due to epilepsy, which often occur with seizures during sleep. According to their estimates, the use of Nightwatch will reduce the number of deaths by two-thirds.

via For patients with epilepsy has created a smart bracelet (VIDEO) | The Siver Post

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[WEB SITE] Wearable tech aids stroke patients – BBC News

Scientists in the US are developing wearable sensors to speed up the recovery of stroke patients.

The sensors are able to send information to doctors continuously.

The team developing the system says it could allow therapists to more closely monitor the effectiveness of their care.

Details of the study were released at the recent annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Texas.

Lizzy McAninch had a stroke two years ago. She could not move or speak or swallow for several weeks.

Lizzy is testing out wearable sensors that might speed her recovery.

They look like small white sticking plasters, but they send information wirelessly to her medical team.

She is a doctor herself and can see how they could help her.


SHIRLEY RYAN ABILITYLAB They look like small sticking plasters

“This technology to put sensors on the body to assess which muscle groups work or not can really pinpoint the areas affected by the stroke and can target therapies to specifically improve those issues,” she told BBC News.

The sensors continue to send back readings even after she has finished her exercises. This means that her therapist Kristen Hohl, from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago, can monitor her progress at home.

“As a therapist, I think about what my patients are doing at home. Are they able to carry through the recommendations I’m giving them as a therapist to do more? Do we see that they are walking more or do we see them engaging in conversations?

“Those are the types of things that I can get feedback from the sensors where currently I have to rely on what they tell me they have done.”


 SHIRLEY RYAN ABILITYLAB  The team is gathering large amounts of data

The challenge for the scientists was to pack a lot of electronics on to a small flexible material and still make it comfortable for the patient to wear for a long time.

“It is almost mechanically imperceptible to the patient who is wearing the device,” according to John Rogers, of Northwestern University in Chicago, who developed the sensors.

“And you can embed all sorts of advanced sensor functionality, microprocessor computing capability, power supplies and WiFi into this very unusual platform, and that is the uniqueness of what we do.”

By the end of this year, the research team will have more information than ever before on stroke recovery. The scientists believe that their study could transform the way patients are treated in the future.

Lizzy and scientist



via Wearable tech aids stroke patients – BBC News

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[WEB SITE] Monitor stress, seizures, activity, sleep

Embrace it’s wearable device designed to improve the lives of the people with epilepsy.


“Embrace is glorious in design, very sleek and attractive. Living in a world of seizure helmets and wheelchairs it is nice to have such an unobtrusive and attractive device.


A gorgeous smart watch for you

The case is made of strong, polished metal with either an elegant leather or an elastic fabric band. Embrace is the thinnest smart watch of this kind ever made. It snaps on, then tightens with a magnet for perfect fit. […]

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