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Researchers study bed alarms for nocturnal seizures
Date:2/13/2013

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Seizures can strike at any time. Many parents of children with epilepsy live in constant fear of that moment. Because the risk of injury or death can be decreased with monitoring or supervision, parents adjust their lives to keep their eyes constantly on their children. Some parents are forced to keep their children home from school, and others sleep in the same bed with their child. Epilepsy can take a toll on families.

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Several products are available in the marketplace that claim to reliably detect a child's seizure activity without frequent false alarms. Researchers at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis are on the fore-front of testing these products to see which operate as promised, in order to find one that might bring the most relief to parents.

Le Bonheur's Neuroscience Institute is the only center in the United States to review all three of seizure alarms currently on the market for home use. Two of the studies are complete and published, and the third is now underway. Patients in Le Bonheur's Epilepsy Monitoring Unit are enrolled in the studies.

Sixteen-year old Becca Sharpe is one of the patients enrolled in one of the current studies. The high school junior has suffered with epilepsy since 5th grade. Over the years, the frequency and severity of the seizures has increased, forcing her father to explore better treatment options. Becca's neurologist in Oklahoma referred her to Le Bonheur where she has access to the latest diagnostic tools in epilepsy treatment.

"As a single dad, I get up and go to work and I'm scared every minute of the day. I've driven home two or three times in the m
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