New mobile app provides advance warning of seizures to people with epilepsy

A new mobile app feature – made here in Australia – is bringing new hope to people with epilepsy around the world.

The innovative technology, which took 10 years to develop, is designed to help better diagnose and predict epileptic seizures in real time.

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The free app known as Seer Epilepsy Management, developed by Melbourne-based medical technology Seer Medical as a non-invasive management tool, will now include the soon to be released prediction tool.

It also has a bunch of other tools for patients, including medication reminders and the ability to log seizure events and medical history.

Patients can log their symptoms as well as previous episodes on the app, which then gathers patterns and possible triggers and predicts attacks up to a month in advance.

The app will gather patterns to help predict crises. Credit: Medical light

Technology is expected to be a game-changer for the thousands of people who suffer from unpredictable seizures.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Australia said that for the 250,000 people across the country currently living with epilepsy, the “worst part” of seizures is that they come with little or no warning.

“The uncertainty of seizures puts people at risk – even ‘small’ seizures can lead to serious injury or death if they occur while driving, showering, cooking or pouring a kettle, climbing stairs or walking. ‘other day-to-day activities,’ he said.

“Unfortunately, this means that people with epilepsy sometimes have to give up their driving license, change or give up certain hobbies, and they or their families may experience anxiety in their day-to-day lives. “

According to the Epilepsy Foundation of Australia, 250,000 Australians currently suffer from this condition.
According to the Epilepsy Foundation of Australia, 250,000 Australians currently suffer from this disease. Credit: 7NEWS

The Foundation added that two-thirds of people who suffer from this debilitating disease can eliminate their seizures by taking medication.

But that leaves an estimated 24 million people, worldwide, living with unpredictable crises.

“If people were warned when their seizures were more likely, it could reduce their stress and improve their safety,” the Foundation said.

Hamish Macmillan, who suffers from epilepsy, told 7NEWS he suffers an average of 10 seizures a year and has to be extremely careful when undertaking various tasks.

“It’s anything from showering alone to crossing the road, anything that could be slightly or slightly dangerous that I have to think twice about,” he said.

“I learned to deal with it, and it got better, but the worst part is always that element of unpredictability.”

The app can also be linked to a smartwatch that can track body movements and vital signs.

It is now available on the App Store, with the new tracking feature coming soon.

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