Researches Develop Computer Program to Predict Epileptic Seizures

Posted on February 17, 2016 by Disability Help Group

A recent study published in the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering journal reports that researchers have developed a computer model to predict seizures in patients with epilepsy. Through studying a patient’s electroencephalography (EEG) readings, the computer model can predict the onset of an epileptic seizure before it occurs.

This new technology had about a 70 percent accuracy rate and may allow researchers to predict seizures up to 30 minutes before they occur. Currently, the system uses a special cap placed on the patients’ head which is connected to an EEG unit that measures the brain activity.

For the study, researchers monitored 10 patients with a history of epileptic seizures as the computer gathered individual data. Lead researcher Shouyi Wang believes that further data collection and personal testing can lead to a better prediction model.

Social Security Benefits for Epilepsy Patients

Epilepsy is the first neurological disorder on the Social Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments for disability benefits. This condition is considered disabling once the frequency, duration and severity of seizures reaches a level where it causes impairment of a person’s ability to work and perform substantial gainful activity.

Patients who suffer from epilepsy may qualify for Social Security disability benefits if it is documented that they have convulsive or non-convulsive epilepsy with reoccurring episodes. If you are seeking Social Security disability benefits for a documented case of epilepsy and had your claim denied, contact Disability Help Group to speak with a disability claims representative about your case. Our representatives help claimants appeal denied applications and obtain the benefits to which they may be entitled. Call today – 1-(800)-800-3332.