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Last Friday, The Epilepsy Group at Krembil Brain Institute (KBI) marked Purple Day with an in-person event in the Toronto Western Hospital atrium. About 1 in 100 people live with epilepsy, characterized by recurring seizures, ranging from mild to severe, that can significantly impact a person's daily life. Despite its prevalence, epilepsy is largely misunderstood, and many people with the condition face discrimination and stigma. Trainees from the diverse research groups shared the latest in epilepsy research. Hospital visitors and UHN staff learned how music can reduce seizure frequency and how novel techniques detect seizures before they start. The team of neurologists, nurse practitioners and nurse clinicians, neurosurgeons, neurogeneticists, dieticians, neuroradiologists, neuropsychologists, neuroscientists, and clinical electrophysiologists had a chance to interact with patients, visitors, and staff to raise awareness and fight the stigma. "It's so nice to have Epilepsy Day in person again. It allows us to interact with patients and our community to spread awareness. We are immensely grateful to our patients and their families for participating in several studies to help advance future therapeutics," says Dr. Homeira Moradi, Scientific Associate, KBI.
A research team at UHN's KITE Research Institute has developed two video-based methods to detect risky behaviours in individuals living with dementia, while upholding their privacy. While video surveillance of certain patients living with dementia is common in long-term care homes to ensure their safety, the footage is not always monitored and privacy cannot be guaranteed. To address these issues, a team led by Dr. Shehroz Khan used real surveillance data from a dementia care unit and applied two privacy-protecting approaches – one using software to replace individuals with "stick figures" that model their behaviour and a second replacing individuals with silhouettes – to analyze the footage. The team found that both were as good at detecting high-risk behavior as traditional methods. "And by distilling video footage into positional body data, privacy can be guaranteed," said Pratik Mishra, a graduate student in Dr. Khan's group and the lead author of the study.
Read more about the study online.
Be sure to also check out this
UHN News story exploring Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) training at Toronto Rehab's Specialized Dementia Unit (SDU). This training helps TeamUHN members learn gentle physical redirection techniques to deter patients from unsafe situations while at all times recognizing their personhood. "It's an extremely practical course that offers real strategies my team and I can use on a daily basis," says Shannon Reid, an Advanced Practice leader for the SDU and certified GPA coach.
The UHN Wellness Team presents "Music and Wellness," a 20-minute session exploring the connection between music and our well-being on March 29 at 12 p.m. SarahRose Black, the Registered Music Therapist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, will be the guest speaker. The event is being held via MS Teams and at the Princess Margaret (Bld. 210, 6th floor, 604 Auditorium). Click
here to register. Questions? Contact
And speaking of music… it's time for our
video of the week. In this clip, we learn how Princess Margaret Cancer Centre uses music to create a soothing environment.
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