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Monday, August 20, 2007

Israeli BioAlert Could Help Epilepsy Victims

(Image Credit: Israel 21st Century)

For those with loved ones who suffer from epilepsy, BioAlert may have a new device that may help make life easier for the victim, as well as their families around them.

Called Epilert, this device could help alert parents and medical personal if a person with epilepsy starts going through seizers.

(Israel 21st Century) "We are developing a device that within 20 seconds will alert caregivers or parents that an epileptic episode is occurring," Shaham said. "There are several aspects for the need of such a device, but mainly it's to improve the quality of life for everyone involved. There's really nothing you can do once an attack has begun, but the important thing is to be there with the patient."

The Epilert consists of a hand (or foot) sensor unit device worn by the patient, ("the size of a watch," said Shaham) which detects movements and vibrations process and identifies it as an epileptic seizure rather than a normal non-epileptic movement.

Shaham, the inventor of this device came up with the idea after meeting with Professor Kramer, who maintains a clinic that treats many patients suffering from this medical disease.

Although the device is not the market yet, there already seems to be huge demand for it within Israel as Shaham started receiving many emails and phone calls after taking first place in a Start Up is Born contest sponsored by the Ma'ariv, an Israeli paper.

Shaham is hoping the have the device on the market fairly soon, as it would not only help thousands of parents in Israel, but the US as well.

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