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Emotion, stress cues in social media posts might be early warnings in epilepsy deaths – Binghamton University

Thursday, 24 March, 2022

Emotion, stress cues in social media posts might be early warnings in epilepsy deaths – Binghamton University

New research shows that the activity of epilepsy patients in social media increased before their sudden deaths.

 
A new study from an international team of researchers — including two from Binghamton University — demonstrates 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, recently published in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior, reveal that the activity of epilepsy patients in social media increased before their sudden deaths. These changes in digital behavior could be used as early warning signals to put preventive interventions for SUDEP into practice.
SUDEP occurs when a person with epilepsy dies suddenly and no reason for death is found. Although the physiological mechanisms underlying SUDEP are still a mystery, people with frequent seizures are known to be at higher risk. The best preventive strategy currently is to keep seizures under control through medication, but reducing stress and keeping triggers in check are also key to decreasing the risk. However, measuring stress and other mood states can be difficult.
Read more at: https://www.binghamton.edu/news/story/3506/emotion-stress-cues-in-social-media-posts-might-be-early-warnings-in-epilepsy-deaths

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