In order to improve the quality of life of patients with migraines, a team from the Center for Computational Simulation (CCS) of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) is developing a wearable device able to predict and warn before a migraine crisis starts.
The scientists tested the device in a simulation environment, which showed a reliability of over 75% in predicting a migraine crisis (25 minutes in average before it occurs) and warning about it, enough to avoid or reduce the pain of these episodes.
This work lays the foundations for the development of devices that monitor biomedical variables of patients to warn about different crises.
According to Joshua Pagán, one of the study authors, “it is a step towards the final implementation of a commercial device that helps patients improving their quality of life.”
Migraine is a highly prevalent and disabling neurological disease. It affects between 12 and 15% of the population deteriorating their quality of life and making difficult their relationship with their social and working environment. In Europe this disease causes great expenses for both public and private entities.
Early drug intake may avoid pain, thereby improving the quality of life of patients as well as saving economic costs to society; but for that, it is indispensable an objective prediction of when crises will occur.