Thursday, December 3, 2015

Crowdsourcing Seizure Prediction

I wrote a short piece for the December issue of Discover Magazine about  freelance coders  recruited by epilepsy researchers to help advance the tricky art of seizure prediction.

For many of the 50 million people with epilepsy, seizures are brutally unpredictable. They can strike out of the clear blue sky at any time; those who suffer them have to be ready all the time. Even people who average only a seizure a month can't drive and shouldn't swim or bicycle alone. Cooking is treacherous. Every sharp corner, high place, or moving vehicle poses risk.  What’s more, to keep seizures at a minimum, many patients suffer the side effects of constant medication. If seizures were predictable, people with epilepsy could conduct business as usual most of the time, getting out of harm’s way when a seizure approaches, or, better still, taking medical action to forestall it.

Over the past 15 years the NIH and several other funding entities have spent about $40 million trying to devise algorithms that detect signs of a brewing neurologic storm early enough to intervene. A driving patient could get off the road. Or a device could deliver anti-seizure medication or a subtle, seizure-aborting electric current.

Seizure prediction proved a tough nut to crack; all that investment produced algorithms little better than a coin flip. Frustrated, a group of neuroscientist epilepsy docs--backed by the NIH, Epilepsy Foundation, and American Epilepsy Society--invited computational geeks and hackers around the world to take a shot. Over 500 teams competed; each was given data sets recorded from the brains of human epilepsy patients and epileptic dogs.

Three months—and $30,000 of prize money--later, winners had produced algorithms predicting seizures with better than 84% accuracy; good enough to one day transform millions of lives.

The new predictive tools are of special interest to three companies already manufacturing implantable stimulation devices that interrupt seizures. Currently, these devices detect seizures but can’t predict them. Adding prediction will allow now tentative patients to seize the day.


22 comments:

Lucas Taylor said...

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faith harry said...

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ruiz mary said...

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McAllister Craig said...

How my son survived epilepsy.
My son at the age of 13 suffered from terrible seizures as a result of the terrible condition called epilepsy according to EEG results and this was very humiliating and life threatening because he was continuously on life support drugs and medicines but none seemed to cure all they did was revive him and the seizure kept coming to him this lasted for 8 more years. The last time he had seizure in may last year i was called where i worked that my son had a terrible seizure, he was also revived from that but that day i wept. I was fortunate enough to explain my ordeal to a friend who invited Dr. Joseph who came and started treating my son with his medicine at our house for two months and in 3 months the seizure never happened again they were gone and even up till now he is very fine without any epileptic symptoms. Today he is 22 and i believe he has been cured. I think Epilepsy has a cure simply try to reach the doctor on (josephalberteo@gmail.com) for more information about his treatment process or how to get his medicine. Do not give up on yourself, i hope my son's story motivates you.

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PAUL said...

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Appreciation is the key to doing more that is why I have took some time out to thank some one who cured me of my 4 years tinnitus problem. It became a major problem to me as it was affecting my marital life and I was no longer comfortable so I decided to look for a solution and I came across a post of Dr williams and how he has been helping people of the same problem with his herbal remedies I contacted him and told him all I have been facing in my life. He told me how to get his product and how to take it after every thing I find out that all was now okay with me and that my tinnitus problem was gone that is why I have come out today to say thank you to him and for any tinnitus problem either from man or woman. Contact him on drwilliams098765@gmail.com his a man that take good care of his children

faith harry said...

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I was always praying to have a testimony when ever i saw people sharing their own testimonies which really took me years but today i am the happiest father on earth.
My son suffered EPILEPSY, for 20years after taken different kind of western medication without been cured.
All these years my son was like a death person but today he is been cured.and you do not know how i feel having my son back to life because it was not really easy for me having just two children and one been abnormal.
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Jessical Alba said...

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JOHNSON KATE said...

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Solution To Tinnitus said...

There is a permanent cure to Tinnitus, I started having tinnitus at the age of 54, and I have taking different medication but no solution, my tinnitus was always very much disturbing in the afternoon majorly sunset, and I don't get good sleep at night.my family were also very much worried about my condition until I came in contact with a doctor (Dr Kenneth) who then sent me his medication which I used for one month and I was completely cure. am living happily and comfortably with my children in a good health I give all thanks to God for using This doctor Dr Kenneth to solve my tinnitus problem.
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JOHNSON KATE said...

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. Is my pleasure to comment on this site and i thank the admin of this site for his/her great work so far. I really don’t know how to thank DR WILLIAMS for helping me get cured for over 20 year of suffering from a terrible tinnitus, my tinnitus started when i was 28 year i thought is going to end one day but even get worse as days went by,i have tried all western drugs prescribed by doctors but to no avail i lost total concentration, even at night i screams even more because the sounds become louder because everywhere is quiet. i came across DR WILLIAMS contact through a headline news on internet about how DR WILLIAMS have help so many people to get cured of tinnitus and so many other with similar body problem ,i contacted him and he told me how to get his herb,few day later he sent me the herbal portion which i take every morning for 21 days, and his medicine was able to restore me back to normal and now am very okay without any side effects whatsoever If you have Tinnitus, you can contact him on his email address drwilliams098765@gmail.com for help

Peter Emmily said...

i am happy today that my son have been cure from seizure, which he had for
10 years now, he do have the attack five to seven times a week, which
affecting his educational system and his life. when i was going through the
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SOPHIE LEWIS said...

I am sophie from Canada, I once suffered from a terrible and Chronic tinnitus ,in 2016, the doctor told me it has no permanent cure i was given medications to slow down its progress, i constantly felt my health was deteriorating as i constantly go out of breath,and this noise was really terrible especially when am sleeping, i have this constant ringing in my ears for about 8 months, this was really a terrible noise ,on thin one day that i was going through the internet,and i came across a post of Mrs Kate on how she was been cured from tinnitus through dr Williams herbal product, I contacted this herbal doctor via his email and explain everything to him and make purchase of his product,few days later he sent me the herbal medicine through courier service, when i received the herbal medicine i used it for 3 weeks as prescribed and i was totally cured of tinnitus within those week of usage,on thin now i have not hear anything ringing in my ears.if you need his help you can Contact this herbal doctor via his email drwilliams098765@gmail.com for help

LEONERDO DICAPRIO said...

I have been in the tinnitus community for a while now and I have experience what you are going though with tinnitus , I do know people that have got
tinnitus from having their implants done. Ringing in the ear after an implant can go away on its own, but that is BS of what the mouth and jaw specialist said. I have definitely seen and heard of a connection between tinnitus and teeth and mouth. There is a treatment for ringing ears and if you are
interested you can contact Dr William herbal remedies that what I take that stop the ringing in my ear that was really driving me crazy, don't Lose hope .,I have found a solution for my fellow citizens . If you haven't I would suggest trying Dr William herbal supplement. Again, this is a thing that takes time and usually requires time and patience for it to work WITH no side effects. But I'm not hear to sell you the product, I'm only hear to tell you that it works, but it is a journey and can be difficult. I hope at this point in want away on it own. Good luck . his email address drwilliams098765@gmail.com for advice and for his product

Cobin Ray said...

Hello everyone. My name is Ray; I am a Lieutenant in the Navy deployed to the Persian Gulf. I have been in the Navy for 15 years and never had any medical challenge except minor headache that results from training which pain killers took care of. My first seizure occurred 3 years ago, although I lost total consciousness during occurrence and never knew what happened, but my roommate witnessed everything. I learnt the entire episode when I regained myself in the military ER. I was examined and the Navy Doctor told me it was Tonic-clonic seizure, which treatment drug was immediately recommended for me. I was placed on medical leave for proper treatment, and Depakene was given to me as a treatment measure. I also took various AED’s medications which caused me side effects. I love my job, and do not want to be discharged on medical ground. As a result, I went in search for more knowledge on seizure as well as its cure. When I first read about seizures and its causes, I was not surprised because I have had various head inquires resulting from training, but I never knew it’ll be complicated and result to seizures.

After taking various anti-seizure Pharmaceutical drugs without a cure, I dropped all of it and went in search for a natural alternative. While on medical leave, I had full access to internet where I read of a Herbal Doctor called Mohan. I followed his blog and read a lot of shared testimonies of those who had used his HILTON Anti-seizure medication on various epilepsy and seizure blogs.

I was in need of a cure and was desperate to drop off Depakene. The herbal treatment gave me a cure total from seizure. Today, I have been certified seizure free after various MRI exanimation. I have not experienced a single seizures episode after using HILTON Herbal treatment. If my story is like yours, you may contact Dr. Mohan via his blog to know more about his treatment on www.seizurecure.blogspot.com

kim Park said...

CURE TO TINNITUS,. One night in October last two year, when I lay down to sleep, I heard this high pitched noise coming from my left ear.I did not pay that much attention and went to sleep. The following morning, it was gone. Then again, after one month since the first experience it came back, and this time it came to stay. It was a pretty high pitched noise, and only in my left ear. After 2 days, I went to see an ENT. He said that my left ear was full of wax and need to be cleaned. Actually he did a good job by cleaning both my ears but some hardly stuck wax was still in my left ear. He gave me ear drops. I went home and used ear drops as per his instructions. After two weeks, I revisited him again. He told me that my ears were clean and not to worry about Tinnitus, and reassured to me that it would go away after 2~ 3 week time. The Tinnitus was always there 24/7. In the 4th week I started to panic and then anxiety, depression and fear kicked in and started to have sleepless nights. I was sleepless for 3 straight nights. My wife was also started to worry about me but there was nothing she could do to help me.Then, I started to google about Tinnitus. I read about how Dr john product cure a woman who had tinnitus.i email dr john and i get the product which i use my tinnitus was cure. THANKS TO DR JOHN his herbal remedy is the only permanent solution to tinnitus for more information email him on johnewoig18@gmail.com