ABOUT EPILEPSY DBS THERAPY FOR EPILEPSY
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Medtronic, Inc. (“Medtronic”) offers RemoteView, which permits a user (“Programmer User”) of the Medtronic CareLink® 2090 Programmer (“Programmer”) to allow the viewing of information presently displayed on the Programmer screen with one or more individuals in remote locations anywhere in the world (“Remote Viewer”), including remote health care professionals or Medtronic representatives.
Limited License Grant. You are hereby granted a nonexclusive, nontransferable, terminable, nonassignable, nonsublicensable, limited license to install and use a copy of the Licensed Software solely for authorized and legitimate purposes. You may not otherwise copy, use, modify, reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble, create derivative works based on, or integrate with other systems or programs the Licensed Software without the prior written consent of Medtronic. You shall have sole responsibility for any fees or charges, including service or data charges, incurred by you in connection with your use of the Licensed Software. You shall not remove any proprietary or other legend or restrictive notice contained or included in the Licensed Software or other documentation associated with such Licensed Software. You agree to maintain any and all copyright, trademark, and other notices on the Licensed Software and any associated documentation.
Licensed Software Functionality and Data Use, Collection, Viewing, and Transfer.
“Active Remote Viewer” as referred to herein shall mean a Remote Viewer that has installed the Licensed Software and has at the relevant point in time an active network connection to a Medtronic server via the Licensed Software.
By installing or using the Licensed Software or clicking any acceptance button in connection with this Agreement, you acknowledge, understand, agree to, and consent to all of the following, including when you are an Active Remoter User:
) Registration. To obtain access to the Licensed Software, you must register at the Medtronic RemoteView website and establish a user name and password. All information that you provide in connection with such registration must be complete, accurate, and truthful. The user name and password are personal to you and must not be shared with anyone else. You will also not attempt, directly or indirectly, to disable, bypass, or defeat any password protection associated with the Licensed Software. Medtronic reserves the right to deny or disable any user name or password or request for any user name or password.
) Your Personal Information. Medtronic will collect information in connection with your registration and installation and use of the Licensed Software, including your first and last name, your email address, a selected security question(s) and your corresponding answer(s), your address, and your telephone number. You agree that Medtronic may store this personal information about you on a Medtronic server, including a server located in the United States of America.
) Session Key. To view the information on the Programmer, the Remote Viewer must generate a Session Key that must be shared with and entered by the Programmer User. “Session Key” as used herein means a unique token active for a limited period of time generated by the Remote Viewer. You agree not to share this Session Key with anyone other than the Programmer User who has initiated the specific session.
) Logging of Session Activity. Each time you log in to the Licensed Software, Medtronic will collect information about your activity, including in an aggregated log or database, regarding you and your session, including your name, username, computer name, IP address, operating system details, and session details (including transferring and sharing activity, start and end times, view only or control activity, and any chat messages between or among any Active Remote Viewers. You agree that Medtronic may store any personal information about you on a Medtronic server, including a server located in the United States of America.
) Active Remote Users. When you are an Active Remote Viewer: (1) you will be able to view the name and/or user name of any other Active Remote Viewer who is logged into the same Medtronic server; and (2) any other Active Remote Viewer who is actively logged into the same Medtronic server will be able to view your name and/or user name. The Licensed Software also permits one Active Remote Viewer to share the information being viewed to any other Active Remote Viewer. You must not share any information from the Medtronic programmer, including with any other Active Remote Viewer, absent the express permission from the Programmer User that is allowing you to view the information.
) Availability. Medtronic has limitations on the number of users that can concurrently log in to the Licensed Software at any given time. Thus, installation of or accessing the Licensed Software does not guarantee that it will be available to you for use at any time.
Permissions. By installing and using the Licensed Software, you represent that you have permission to do so from any associated clinic, hospital, or medical practice and that your use of the Licensed Software complies with any policies or requirements of such associated clinic, hospital, or medical practice. You are also responsible for confirming that the Programmer User has obtained any necessary patient consent before allowing you to view any patient information via the Licensed Software.
Your Acknowledgements. You acknowledge that the Licensed Software is not the exclusive method of viewing information from the Programmer and that the Licensed Software is not the exclusive method by which to obtain a patient’s implanted cardiac device data, including any data on the Programmer. You also acknowledge that the Licensed Software is not intended to be used as a life-sustaining or interventional tool during medical emergencies. You further acknowledge that Medtronic is not, and shall not be deemed to be, a provider of patient health care services by virtue of its provision of access to the Programmer screen information via the Licensed Software. You also acknowledge that information from the Licensed Software is not an electronic medical record and use of the Licensed Software does not in any way relieve you from using your best medical judgment to determine a proper course of treatment for patients.
Security/Privacy of Patient Data. Your use of the Licensed Software and any Session Keys shall be solely for legitimate and lawful purposes and not for any malicious purpose. You are solely responsible for and will use your best efforts in maintaining the confidentiality and security of any copies of the Licensed Software as well as any user name, password credentials, and any Session Keys that can be used in accessing the Licensed Software, a Medtronic server, or any information from a Programmer. You are solely responsible for and will use your best efforts in keeping any patient information you may receive or view in connection with the Licensed Software confidential and secure, and you will not attempt to capture or copy any patient information you view in any electronic or hard copy format without the express permission of the Programmer User. You will be responsible for any obligations or liabilities associated with any lost, stolen, or otherwise compromised patient information.
Reporting Issues and Feedback. You agree that you will report any issues or questions, technical or otherwise, regarding the Licensed Software promptly and directly to Medtronic. If you submit any comments or ideas to Medtronic, in the absence of a separate agreement regarding such submissions, you grant to Medtronic an unrestricted, royalty-free, irrevocable license to use, reproduce, display, perform, modify, transmit, and distribute such ideas in any medium and agree that Medtronic is free to use them for any purpose. In addition, Medtronic has no obligation to provide continued maintenance and support to you in connection with the Licensed Software. Any maintenance and support services provided by Medtronic shall be at Medtronic’s sole discretion.
Limitations of Liability.
THE LICENSED SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED TO YOU “AS IS,” AND MEDTRONIC EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO THE LICENSED SOFTWARE AND YOUR USE THEREOF, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, AND NONINFRINGEMENT. MEDTRONIC DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE USE OF THE LICENSED SOFTWARE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE.
Legal Compliance. You shall at all times use the Licensed Software in compliance with all applicable laws. You shall ensure that your installation and use of the Licensed Software complies with all applicable export and import laws, regulations, orders, and policies of the United States of America and any other applicable jurisdiction. You represent and warrant that (i) you are not located in a country that is subject to a U.S. Government embargo, or that has been designated by the U.S. Government as a “terrorist supporting” country, and (ii) you are not listed on any U.S. Government list of prohibited or restricted parties.
Term, Termination, Modifications, and Support. This Agreement shall be in effect from the date when you first install or use the Licensed Software. Medtronic may modify, amend, or terminate this Agreement at any time, including by providing notices or an updated version of this Agreement on a Medtronic website. Medtronic may modify, disable, or terminate your use or Medtronic’s support of the Licensed Software at any time, including by providing notices on a Medtronic website. All obligations which are ongoing in nature shall survive termination or expiration of this Agreement. At any time upon Medtronic’s request (including via a notice on a Medtronic website), you agree to promptly delete and terminate use of any and all copies of the Licensed Software. In addition, upon Medtronic’s request, you agree to provide written verification that you have destroyed all copies of the Licensed Software together with the manner, date, and time of such destruction.
NayaMed International Sárl Customers: Whether the RemoteView feature shall be used in connection with NayaMed customers or devices shall be solely within the discretion of NayaMed International Sárl. If the Licensed Software is used connection with NayaMed customers or devices, this Agreement shall be directly between you and NayaMed with respect to those uses.
Epilepsy is a chronic disease marked by recurrent unprovoked seizures. A person is diagnosed with epilepsy if they have two unprovoked seizures (or one unprovoked seizure with the likelihood of more) that were not caused by some known and reversible medical condition like alcohol withdrawal or extremely low blood sugar. The seizures in epilepsy may be related to brain injury or genetics, but the cause is often completely unknown. The word "epilepsy" does not indicate anything about the cause of the person's seizures or their severity.1,2
Many people with epilepsy have more than one type of seizure and may also have other neurological symptoms. An epilepsy syndrome combines information about seizure types with information about the neurological findings, genetics and family history, EEG (brainwave) picture, brain imaging studies, and other specialized lab studies. The syndrome is important for guiding optimal treatment and determining prognosis. A few common epilepsy syndromes are localization related (focal) epilepsy, childhood or juvenile absence epilepsy, juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, epileptic (infantile) spasms, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, and Dravet syndrome.
Although the symptoms of a seizure may affect any part of the body, the electrical events that produce the symptoms occur in the brain. The location of that event, how it spreads, how much of the brain is affected, how long it lasts, and the maturity of the brain all have profound effects. These factors determine the character of a seizure and its impact on the individual.
Seizures and epilepsy can affect one's safety, relationships, work, driving, and so much more. Public perception and treatment of people with epilepsy are often bigger problems than the seizures themselves.
There are now three major groups of seizures:
1. Generalized onset seizures: These seizures affect both sides of the brain (or groups of cells on both sides of the brain) at the same time. This term includes seizures types like tonic-clonic, absence, or atonic seizures.
2. Focal onset seizures: The term focal is used instead of partial to be more accurate when talking about where seizures begin. Focal seizures can start in one area or group of cells in one side of the brain.
Within the category of focal onset seizures, a person may experience a focal onset aware seizure (when they are awake and aware during the seizure, formerly called a simple partial seizure) or a focal onset impaired awareness seizure (when a person is confused or their awareness is affected in some way during the seizure, formerly called a complex partial seizure).
3. Unknown onset seizures: When the beginning of a seizure is not known, it’s now called an unknown onset seizure. A seizure could also be called an unknown onset if it’s not witnessed or seen by anyone, for example when seizures happen at night or in a person who lives alone. As more information is learned, an unknown onset seizure may later be diagnosed as a focal or generalized seizure.
Many different symptoms happen during a seizure and may vary depending on the seizure type.
For generalized onset seizures:
Motor symptoms may include sustained rhythmical jerking movements (clonic), muscles becoming weak or limp (atonic), muscles becoming tense or rigid (tonic), brief muscle twitching (myoclonus), or epileptic spasms (body flexes and extends repeatedly).
Non-motor symptoms are usually called absence seizures. These can be typical or atypical absence seizures (staring spells). Absence seizures can also have brief twitches (myoclonus) that can affect a specific part of the body, or just the eyelids.
For focal onset seizures:
Motor symptoms may also include jerking (clonic), muscles becoming limp or weak (atonic), tense or rigid muscles (tonic), brief muscle twitching (myoclonus), or epileptic spasms. There may also be automatisms or repeated automatic movements, like clapping or rubbing of hands, lip smacking or chewing, or running.
Non-motor symptoms may include changes in sensation, emotions, thinking or cognition, autonomic functions (such as gastrointestinal sensations, waves of heat or cold, goosebumps, heart racing, etc.), or lack of movement (called behavior arrest).
For unknown onset seizures:
Motor seizures are described as either tonic-clonic or epileptic spasms. Non-motor seizures usually include a behavior arrest. This means that movement stops — the person may just stare and not make any other movements.
The overall goal of epilepsy treatments is no seizures and no side effects. When patients do not achieve these results with their existing therapies, alternative therapies might be explored to help with seizure reduction and management. In addition, the development of new therapies and treatment methods are continuously being studied for their ability to offer more people this goal.
Seizure medicines are the mainstay of epilepsy treatment, but they only work satisfactorily in about 2 of 3 people with epilepsy.5,6
Epilepsy centers provide a team approach to care for people with seizures and epilepsy. Testing is available to diagnose whether a person has seizures, and to verify the type of epilepsy they may have.
Epilepsy experts can help explore all treatment options--including different or additional seizure medications, surgery, devices, dietary therapy, or a clinical trial.
If you’re an adult living with partial-onset (focal) seizures that are uncontrolled by medications, deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy for epilepsy may be an option for you. Learn how DBS may help control your symptoms.
Panayiotopoulos CP. A clinical guide to epileptic syndromes and their treatment. Second edition. London:Springer; 2007
Commission on Classification and Terminology of the International League Against Epilepsy 1989. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2502382
Scheffer et al 2017. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28276062
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Laxer KD, Trinka E, Hirsch LJ, et al. The consequences of refractory epilepsy and its treatment. Epilepsy Behav. 2014 Aug;37:59-70.
French JA. Refractory epilepsy: clinical overview. Epilepsia. 2007;48 Suppl 1:3-7.
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