Can social networks prevent sudden death from epilepsy?

A group of researchers demonstrate that social media could be used to detect behaviors preceding Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP), the leading cause of death in people with uncontrolled epileptic seizures. The findings published in Epilepsy & Behavior reveal that the activity of epilepsy patients in social media increased before their sudden death. These changes in digital behavior could be used as early-warning signals to put preventive interventions for SUDEP into practice, possibly avoiding death.

Check the latest news in the press about the study (in Portuguese):

in RTP

in National Geographic

in Observador

in Radio Renascença

in CNN Portugal

Updated on 30 may 2022

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