epilepsy

By Jonah Comstock November 2, 2015
One of the great but nebulous promises of wearable health trackers is that, by monitoring something 24-7 that previously was only ever monitored intermittently, it will help us discover new things about our bodies and health. MIT Professor and Empatica Chief Scientist Rosalind Picard can do one better -- a wearable device she designed helped her to make an accidental discovery that could change...
By Jonah Comstock September 3, 2015
Johns Hopkins University is preparing to launch the first Apple ResearchKit study to incorporate the Apple Watch as a data collection device, according to a report from Apple Insider. Johns Hopkins declined to comment at this time. The study will be designed to help Johns Hopkins researchers learn more about epilepsy, according to the report. Johns Hopkins will work with Thread Research, who also...
By Jonah Comstock June 24, 2015
A small study of veterans with epilepsy, conducted by PatientsLikeMe and sponsored by pharmaceutical company UCB, shows that an online patient community can increase self-efficacy and self-management of patients. The study was published in the journal Neurology. A total of 92 patients enrolled in the study and completed a six-month follow up survey, while an additional 157 consented to...
By Jonah Comstock January 7, 2015
Cambridge, Massachusetts and Milan, Italy-based Empatica is crowdfunding a new wristworn tracker device, Embrace, which brings clinically validated tracking methods to the consumer market. The technology has an initial primary focus on epilepsy, but is also usable for activity, stress and sleep tracking in healthy individuals and will gradually add use cases for other chronic conditions including...
By Aditi Pai May 22, 2014
The Epilepsy Foundation has launched a device and connected app on Indiegogo, called SAMi, that helps caregivers track family members who have recurring seizures (RS), according to a report over at Medgadget. As reported on the group's Indiegogo page, more than 37,000 children are diagnosed with RS every year. And at night, it is difficult for caregivers to track whether a seizure occurred. The...
By Jonah Comstock February 12, 2014
The Cleveland Clinic has released a patient-facing iPad app to help users manage epilepsy, a chronic neurological condition characterized by recurrent seizures. The app, called MyEpilepsy, contains both educational materials and tracking tools for patients. According to the CDC, about 2.8 million people in the United States have epilepsy. The informational features on the app include epilepsy...
By Jonah Comstock May 17, 2013
The SMART belt (Photo by: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Epilepsy is one medical condition where the constant monitoring capability of a wearable sensor could save lives, providing an early warning when a person with epilepsy has a seizure or even predicting seizures before they happen. Surprisingly, though, it hasn't been an overly popular target for mobile health entrepreneurs. For developers...
By Neil Versel February 13, 2013
It seems counterintuitive for those who proudly wear the "hacker" label to seek ways to work with established industry players rather than being disruptive in a healthcare sector badly in need of radical change, but that was what happened at Health and Wellness Innovation 2013, the recently concluded 11-day event better known as MIT Media Lab's Health and Wellness Hackathon. The hackathon brought...

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