Search Results for epilepsy

Herts Careline marks 40th Anniversary

Some news to applaud. Stephanie Bevan, the marketing and relationships officer for Herts Careline, shared with us that the Careline has just marked 40 years of providing in-home supportive services and technologies to Hertfordshire residents. Starting with the north part of the county four decades ago, Herts Careline now covers the full county, providing 16,000 residents with 24/7 support. From the days of analogue phones and paper records, their services include pendant alarms, fall detectors, door sensors, smoke detectors, and epilepsy monitors. Phones are not forgotten, with a volume of up to 1,500 calls a day handled by 30 operators.... Continue Reading

Weekend short takes, UK edition: Tunstall acquires Germany’s BeWo, AWS UK healthtech accelerator launches, Fidgetbum bed sleep aid gains US patent

...govtech accelerator Public, from a pool of over 100 applicants. ComputerWeekly The interestingly named Fidgetbum is on the face of it, off our normal healthtech beat. It’s meant to help transition young children from crib to bed and sleep through most of the night through a stretchy wrap-around device that snugly holds the covers in place without restricting the child. The sensory effect is being hugged, without the heaviness and heat generation of a weighted blanket, and has been used successfully with children who have sensory needs, such as autism and epilepsy, or simply feel insecure. Founder Melanie Wood was... Continue Reading

Doro AB acquires Eldercare (UK) Limited, creating #2 in telecare

...offer to our customers, as well as facilitating the transition to digital telecare in the UK.” Eldercare’s last independent financial report was for the financial year 2018/19, with revenue of UK £4.6 million (approximately SEK 52 million). Doro in many of its countries is best known for senior-friendly, easy to use wireless, mobile, and smart phones with add ons such as PERS apps. Eldercare, Invicta, and Welbeing are part of Doro Care, which markets social alarms and other home devices for the safety of older adults such as chair and epilepsy sensors. Hat tip to one of our faithful Readers.... Continue Reading

News roundup: NeuroPace’s brain study, Welbeing’s Liverpool win, VA’s Apple talks, Medtronic’s diabetes move

NeuroPace, which developed an implanted brain-responsive neuromodulation system for patients with refractory and drug-resistant epilepsy, announced the result of their nine-year long-term treatment study. Approximately 3 out of 4 patients responded to therapy, achieving at least 50% seizure reduction 1 in 3 patients achieved at least 90% seizure reduction 28% of patients experienced seizure-free periods of six months or longer; 18% experienced seizure-free periods of one year or longer Median seizure reduction across all patients was 75% at 9 years Quality of life improvements (including cognition) were sustained through 9 years, with no chronic stimulation-related side effects. The study included... Continue Reading

Independent For Longer website debuts (UK)

The Independent for Longer website has been profiled on the website magazine Ucan2, which highlights mobility aids, assistive technologies, and techniques for better management of a wide variety of disabilities, including learning and autism spectrum. The website showcases real-life TECS (technology enabled care solutions) in the form of seven ‘case studies’ spanning ages from 20 to 79: brain injury, stroke, epilepsy, collapse, ill health, heart failure, and learning difficulties. Each leads the viewer through how a home can be enabled through the selective use of equipment to support independent living. The eighth section is about ‘Billy the Dog’, the Dementia... Continue Reading

‘Neuroprosthetic’ in development to ‘Restore Active Memory’ for PTSD, TBI

...received grants up to $22 million over four years for research on an implantable neuroprosthetic. UCLA’s approach is to focus on the entorhinal area of the brain which researchers previously demonstrated could be stimulated and with the hippocampus is involved in learning and memory. Initial research is testing brain electrodes for epilepsy and to develop a computational model of the hippocampal-entorhinal system. Medtronic is using those models and as the newest partner, evaluating a novel neural stimulation and monitoring system to restore brain memory function. A true neuroprosthetic–consider an assistance chip on or near the brain–is years away. In the... Continue Reading

A mélange of short subjects for Tuesday representative of the whole population [TTA 10 Mar, see 11 Mar update] including us Android users. 9to5Mac….The Google-Novartis glucose-measuring contact lens [TTA 17 July 14] for diabetes management just gained some Canadian competition–Medella Health in Kitchener, Ontario, founded by a team of very young researchers from the University of Waterloo. They believe that their go-to-market prices will be about $25/lens versus $250 from Google. Just so they don’t scratch. HealthTech Insider…Telemedicine consult pilots just announced in Boston and New York. Mount Sinai in NY will be using doctor-patient consults for stroke, primary care, pediatric epilepsy (supporting an upstate health... Continue Reading

More (much more) on tDCS brain stimulation research

...Electrical stimulation is just the beginning The most important application may be clinical treatment CCNY’s Marom Bikson forcefully advocates the last for those with epilepsy, migraine, stroke and depression–and ultimately tDCS may be better than, or work best in conjunction with drug therapy. “The science and early medical trials suggest tDCS can have as large an impact as drugs and specifically treat those who have failed to respond to drugs,” he told me. “tDCS researchers go to work every day knowing the long-term goal is to reduce human suffering on a transformative scale.” What’s not mentioned in any of this... Continue Reading

Sleep monitor for telecare in epilepsy, abnormal night activity

...night or designated sleep times, it alerts only for prolonged movement typical of a seizure or other suspect night activity, activating the phone with both audio and video. The movements are also recorded and logged for date/time/duration. It is not inexpensive: the SAMi camera alone is $399 and $949 for the fully configured kit with a iPod plus Wi-Fi router. The new Indiegogo campaign is to raise $90,000 for the next gen camera and to purchase units for charitable distribution to families. Also Medgadget. (A search here on ‘epilepsy’ will confirm the lack of attention to–and the need for–epilepsy monitoring)... Continue Reading

Brain stimulation therapy explored by DARPA

...implants for possible treatment of several chronic neuropsychological conditions. They are seeking to evaluate neural and behavioral processes in PTSD, TBI, major depression, borderline personality disorder, general anxiety disorder, substance abuse/addiction and fibromyalgia/chronic pain through the SUBNETS program (Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies). All these conditions are on the rise with service members and veterans. DBS is currently used in neurological diseases that impair motor function–Parkinson’s and dystonia–and is being researched for treatment of depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, Tourette’s and epilepsy. SUBNETS is also linked to NIH’s BRAIN Initiative. Armed With Science article, the SUBNETS pre-solicitation (Photo courtesy of DARPA)... Continue Reading