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New device to predict epileptic attacks

A Swiss medical research company has developed a device that can recognise epileptic seizures before they happen. (SRF/swissinfo.ch)

This content was published on April 29, 2015 - 11:00

The prototype was presented at the recent international brain forum in Lausanne, jointly hosted by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL).

Scientists, business leaders and policymakers met to discuss innovative technological solutions, medical devices and medications to enhance brain functions and treat the growing number of neurological disorders like epilepsy. 

Epileptic seizures may be related to a brain injury or a family tendency, but often the cause is completely unknown. The electrical events that produce the symptoms occur in the brain and cause recurrent, unprovoked seizures. The location of that event, how much of the brain is affected and how long it lasts determine the character of a seizure. 

The device developed by the Zurich-based NeuroPro medical research company will not only help to predict seizures, but could also be used in the diagnosis of epilepsy. 

Clinical tests will be carried out soon, and the device could be on sale within two years. 

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