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Epilepsy device

Anup D Patel, Robert Moss, Steven W Rust, Jeremy Patterson, Robert Strouse, Satyanarayana Gedela, Jesse Haines, Simon M Lin
INTRODUCTION: Epilepsy is a common neurological condition. Seizure diary reports and patient- or caregiver-reported seizure counts are often inaccurate and underestimated. Many caregivers express stress and anxiety about the patient with epilepsy having seizures when they are not present. Therefore, a need exists for the ability to recognize and/or detect a seizure in the home setting. However, few studies have inquired on detection device features that are important to patients and their caregivers...
October 11, 2016: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
Barış Akdemir, David G Benditt
The vagus nerve is a major component of the autonomic nervous system and plays a critical role in many body functions including for example, speech, swallowing, heart rate and respiratory control, gastric secretion, and intestinal motility. Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) refers to any technique that stimulates the vagus nerve, with electrical stimulation being the most important. Implantable devices for VNS are approved therapy for refractory epilepsy and for treatment-resistant depression. In the case of heart disease applications, implantable VNS has been shown to be beneficial for treating heart failure in both preclinical and clinical studies...
October 2016: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
Sammy Krachunov, Alexander J Casson
Electroencephalography (EEG) is a procedure that records brain activity in a non-invasive manner. The cost and size of EEG devices has decreased in recent years, facilitating a growing interest in wearable EEG that can be used out-of-the-lab for a wide range of applications, from epilepsy diagnosis, to stroke rehabilitation, to Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI). A major obstacle for these emerging applications is the wet electrodes, which are used as part of the EEG setup. These electrodes are attached to the human scalp using a conductive gel, which can be uncomfortable to the subject, causes skin irritation, and some gels have poor long-term stability...
October 2, 2016: Sensors
Ahnaf Rashik Hassan, Abdulhamit Subasi
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Computerized epileptic seizure detection is essential for expediting epilepsy diagnosis and research and for assisting medical professionals. Moreover, the implementation of an epilepsy monitoring device that has low power and is portable requires a reliable and successful seizure detection scheme. In this work, the problem of automated epilepsy seizure detection using singe-channel EEG signals has been addressed. METHODS: At first, segments of EEG signals are decomposed using a newly proposed signal processing scheme, namely complete ensemble empirical mode decomposition with adaptive noise (CEEMDAN)...
November 2016: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Marije van der Lende, Fieke M E Cox, Gerhard H Visser, Josemir W Sander, Roland D Thijs
OBJECTIVE: Following a sudden death at a residential care unit, the Dutch Health and Care Inspectorate advised intensification of the use of video monitoring (VM) at the unit. We assessed whether VM resulted in increased identification of seizures that required clinical intervention. METHODS: The unit provides care for 340 individuals with refractory epilepsy and severe learning disabilities. Acoustic detection systems (ADSs) cover all individuals; 37 people also have a bed motion sensor (BMS) and 46 people with possible nocturnal seizures are now monitored by VM...
September 30, 2016: Epilepsia
Anne R Davis, Heva J Saadatmand, Alison Pack
OBJECTIVE: Effective contraception enables women with epilepsy (WWE) to plan their pregnancies and improve outcomes for themselves and their children. Although popular among all women, complex drug interactions limit the efficacy and safety of oral contraceptives (OCs) for WWE. We sought to explore the safety, acceptability, and pharmacokinetic impact of a progestin-containing intrauterine device (IUD) in WWE. METHODS: We enrolled 20 women with well-controlled epilepsy and a stable antiepileptic drug (AED) regimen and who were initiating a progestin-containing IUD (levonorgestrel 52 mg) in a prospective, observational study...
September 28, 2016: Epilepsia
Mark H Myers, Madeline Threatt, Karsten M Solies, Brent M McFerrin, Lindsey B Hopf, J Douglas Birdwell, Karl A Sillay
BACKGROUND: The brain, made up of billions of neurons and synapses, is the marvelous core of human thought, action and memory. However, if neuronal activity manifests into abnormal electrical activity across the brain, neural behavior may exhibit synchronous neural firings known as seizures. If unprovoked seizures occur repeatedly, a patient may be diagnosed with epilepsy. PURPOSE: The scope of this project is to develop an ambulatory seizure monitoring system that can be used away from a hospital, making it possible for the user to stay at home, and primary care personnel to monitor a patient's seizure activity in order to provide deeper analysis of the patient's condition and apply personalized intervention techniques...
July 2016: Annals of Neurosciences
Michelle R Peace, Karen E Butler, Carl E Wolf, Justin L Poklis, Alphonse Poklis
Since 24 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana in some form, suppliers of legal marijuana have developed Cannabis sativa products for use in electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). Personal battery powered vaporizers, or e-cigarettes, were developed to deliver a nicotine vapor such that smokers could simulate smoking tobacco without the inherent pathology of inhaled tobacco smoke. The liquid formulations used in these devices are comprised of an active ingredient such as nicotine mixed with vegetable glycerin (VG) and/or propylene glycol (PG) and flavorings...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Blaine Reeder, Alexandria David
INTRODUCTION: Smart watches have the potential to support health in everyday living by: enabling self-monitoring of personal activity; obtaining feedback based on activity measures; allowing for in-situ surveys to identify patterns of behavior; and supporting bi-directional communication with health care providers and family members. However, smart watches are an emerging technology and research with these devices is at a nascent stage. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review of smart watch studies that engaged people in their use by searching PubMed, Embase, IEEE XPlore and ACM Digital libraries...
September 6, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
Ashley Ralston, Patti Ogden, Michael H Kohrman, David M Frim
Vagus nerve stimulators (VNSs) are currently an accepted treatment for intractable epilepsy not amenable to ablative surgery. Battery death and lead damage are the main reasons for reoperation in patients with VNSs. In general, any damage to the lead requires revision surgery to remove the helical electrodes from the vagus nerve and replace the electrode array and wire. The electrodes are typically scarred and difficult to remove from the vagus nerve without injury. The authors describe 6 patients with VNSs who presented with low lead impedance on diagnostic testing, leading to the intraoperative finding of lead insulation disruption, or who were found incidentally at the time of implantable pulse generator battery replacement to have a tear in the outer insulation of the electrode wire...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Diego F Tovar Quiroga, Jeffrey W Britton, Elaine C Wirrell
PURPOSE: Seizure detection devices (SDD) may reduce the potential for seizure-related injury, SUDEP or status epilepticus. We performed a survey of persons with epilepsy (PWE) and caregivers to assess their perspectives regarding the features and priorities that should be considered in the design of these devices. METHODS: PWE/caregiver completed a survey which assessed the worry of undetected seizures, the impact of this concern on diurnal functioning/sleep and the level of interest in using SDD...
October 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
Kees Hermans, Jan de Munck, Rudolf Verdaasdonk, Paul Boon, Gunther Krausz, Robert Prueckl, Pauly Ossenblok
OBJECTIVE: Subtle motion of an epileptic patient examined with co-registered EEG-fMRI may often lead to spurious fMRI activation patterns when true epileptic spikes are contaminated with motion artefacts. In recent years, methods relying on reference signals for correcting these subtle movements in the EEG have emerged. In this study the performance of two reference based devices are compared to the template-based method with regard to their ability to remove movement related artifacts in EEG measured during scanning...
August 25, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
Anouk Van de Vel, Kris Cuppens, Bert Bonroy, Milica Milosevic, Katrien Jansen, Sabine Van Huffel, Bart Vanrumste, Patrick Cras, Lieven Lagae, Berten Ceulemans
PURPOSE: Detection of, and alarming for epileptic seizures is increasingly demanded and researched. Our previous review article provided an overview of non-invasive, non-EEG (electro-encephalography) body signals that can be measured, along with corresponding methods, state of the art research, and commercially available systems. Three years later, many more studies and devices have emerged. Moreover, the boom of smart phones and tablets created a new market for seizure detection applications...
October 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
Kevin G Hampel, Amirhossein Jahanbekam, Christian E Elger, Rainer Surges
OBJECTIVE: Cardiorespiratory function alterations are commonly observed with epileptic seizures and may lead to syncope and sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). Although most previous research has focused on controlling heart rate (HR) and respiration, little is known about seizure-related regulation of systemic blood pressure (BP). Herein, we have investigated whether the periictal modulation of systemic BP and HR depends on seizure characteristics. METHODS: Systemic arterial BP, HR, and peripheral capillary oxygen saturation (SPO2 ) were continuously and noninvasively monitored using the ccNexfin device in those epilepsy patients undergoing video-electroencephalography (EEG) telemetry...
October 2016: Epilepsia
Christian Dorfer, Georgi Minchev, Thomas Czech, Harald Stefanits, Martha Feucht, Ekaterina Pataraia, Christoph Baumgartner, Gernot Kronreif, Stefan Wolfsberger
OBJECTIVE The authors' group recently published a novel technique for a navigation-guided frameless stereotactic approach for the placement of depth electrodes in epilepsy patients. To improve the accuracy of the trajectory and enhance the procedural workflow, the authors implemented the iSys1 miniature robotic device in the present study into this routine. METHODS As a first step, a preclinical phantom study was performed using a human skull model, and the accuracy and timing between 5 electrodes implanted with the manual technique and 5 with the aid of the robot were compared...
August 5, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
Anouk Van de Vel, Katrien Smets, Kristien Wouters, Berten Ceulemans
PURPOSE: Quality of life of patients with epilepsy depends largely upon unpredictability of seizure occurrence and would improve by predicting seizures or at least by detecting seizures (after their clinical onset) and react timely. Detection systems are available and researched, but little is known about the actual need and user preferences. The first indicates the market potential; the second allows us to incorporate user requirements into the engineering process. METHODS: We questioned 20 pediatric and young adult patients, 114 caregivers, and 21 involved medical doctors and described, analyzed, and compared their experiences with systems for seizure detection, their opinions on usefulness and purpose of seizure detection, and their requirements for such a device...
September 2016: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
Prakriti Gaba, Christopher V DeSimone, Benhur D Henz, Paul A Friedman, Charles J Bruce, David R Holmes, Malini Madhavan, Krithika Vasudevan, Douglas Wahnschaffe, Steven Berhow, Andrew J Danielsen, Dorothy J Ladewig, Susan B Mikell, Susan B Johnson, Scott H Suddendorf, Tomas Kara, Gregory A Worrell, Samuel J Asirvatham
OBJECTIVE: Pharmacotherapy for epilepsy is limited with 30% of patients refractory to this approach of suppressing seizures. Current surgical options are invasive and carry significant morbidities including infection, bleeding, and the potential for deleterious neurocognitive effects. As a result, there is a burgeoning need for innovation to develop safer and efficacious interventions. METHODS: Four distinct catheters (2 existing: Cardima catheter, Standard EPT Blazer catheter; 2 new prototypes: balloon catheter, basket catheters) were tested in 12 baboons (21-30 kg, 100% male)...
June 2016: Journal of Neurology & Neurophysiology
Evren Burakgazi, Jacqueline A French
Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder in adults and requires treatment with antiepileptic medication. While the majority of patients with epilepsy can be treated with medication, about one third will fail on medical treatment. Therefore, other treatment options such as surgery, devices, and the ketogenic diet are other options to consider, in addition to medical treatment. The treatment of epilepsy requires many other factors to be taken into consideration, and these include, but are not limited to, age, gender, coexistent medical conditions, and the use of concomitant medications...
September 1, 2016: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
Melissa J Maguire, Cerian F Jackson, Anthony G Marson, Sarah J Nolan
BACKGROUND: Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) is defined as sudden, unexpected, witnessed or unwitnessed, non-traumatic or non-drowning death of people with epilepsy, with or without evidence of a seizure, excluding documented status epilepticus and in whom postmortem examination does not reveal a structural or toxicological cause for death. SUDEP has a reported incidence of 1 to 2 per 1000 patient years and represents the most common epilepsy-related cause of death. The presence and frequency of generalised tonic-clonic seizures (GTCS), male sex, early age of seizure onset, duration of epilepsy, and polytherapy are all predictors of risk of SUDEP...
July 19, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
David C Spencer, Felice T Sun, Sarah N Brown, Barbara C Jobst, Nathan B Fountain, Victoria S S Wong, Emily A Mirro, Mark Quigg
OBJECTIVE: Previous studies reporting circadian patterns of epileptiform activity and seizures are limited by (1) short-term recording in an epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) with altered antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) and sleep, or (2) subjective seizure diary reports. We studied circadian patterns using long-term ambulatory intracranial recordings captured by the NeuroPace RNS System. METHODS: Retrospective study of RNS System trial participants with stable detection parameters over a continuous 84-day period...
September 2016: Epilepsia
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