Wearable Device To Predict The Onset of Migraine Pain
With the aim of improving the quality of life for patients with migraines, a team from the Center for Computational Simulation (CCS) of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) in Spain is working on a project to achieve a wearable device capable of predicting and alerting the onset of migraine pains.
In a recent article published by researchers from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), experts have tested in a simulated environment the effectiveness of prediction and an early warning system in real time, with a reliability of more than 75 percent in an average time of 25 minutes, enough time to avoid or reduce the pain of these episodes.
This lays the foundation for the development of a future hardware device that monitors the biomedical variables of patients and effectively alerts the arrival of migraine pains.
According to Josué Pagán, one of the authors of the study, "it is a step towards the final implementation of a commercial device that helps patients improve their quality of life."
Migraine is a highly prevalent and disabling neurological disease. It affects between 12 and 15 percent of the population, worsening their quality of life and hindering their relationship with their social and work environment. In Europe, this disease involves large costs to both public and private entities.
Taking medicine could help to avoid pain, thus improving the quality of life in patients as well as saving money, but for this, an objective prediction of the moment in which the pain will begin is indispensable.
The work has addressed the economic impact of both energy and care that the implementation of this system would have. When a patient who suffers from migraines is monitored, their data can be processed in the sensor, in their mobile phone, or in a data center.
The system has been optimized for use by two percent of the population of people suffering from migraines in Europe and taking into account the reliability of prediction models and the costs of domestic electricity (for the charging of monitoring devices and telephones). The results show that the average savings that can be achieved could reach 288 million euros in the energy field, in addition to 1,272 million euros thanks to the benefits of migraine prediction.
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