Wearable devices could help predict seizures

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For the more than three million Americans who suffer from epilepsy, seizures can be life or death events. FIU researchers from the Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Services (KFSCIS) are working to make life safer for these patients by developing algorithms and wearable devices that help predict a seizure.

The results of their work would allow epileptics to get to a safe place if a seizure is imminent ― or even take medication that could halt the attack before it occurs, said principal investigator Fahad Saeed, associate professor at KFSCIS.

“Most of the care for seizures is reactive,” Saeed said. “If we can be proactive, we can reduce harm and injury, keeping more patients out of the emergency room and improving quality of life for patients and caregivers.”

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