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News 2019

Russian-French Medical Congress on sleep problems « Les nuits blanches »

From the 19th till 22nd of June, the international congress « Les nuits blanches » took place in St. Petersburg. The best European specialists gathered to scrutinize the subject of insomnia, present the results of the latest foreign researches and tell the Russian audience about the latest global achievements in fighting with sleep disorders.

«Les nuits blanches» in French means "white nights". However, for French people this expression has a deeper meaning "nights without sleep". According to statistics in different countries from 10% to 30% of the population suffer from insomnia. In Russian around 20%, that means approximately 29 million people, struggle with sleep disorders. Each of us can imagine, that lack of sleep has negative consequences, however we are hardly competent enough to understand, how serious they are.

At the invitation of the organizers, our company took part in the exhibition organized within the framework of the congress. Various polysomnographic equipment produced by Medicom MTD was presented to the congress participants.

Workshop on functional diagnostics in Cairo

Workshop on functional diagnostics in Cairo

On the 7th and 8th of June, our partner in Egypt, Teqnia for Engineering & Development, participated in the scientific and practical event "Electrodiagnostic Workshop".

Among the well-known participants of the event were professors Jun Kimura, Shri kant Mishra, Umapathi Thirugnanmam and others.

The exhibition also demonstrated the equipment for neurophysiology, epileptology and somnology produced by Medicom MTD.

Congress "Neuropathic pain and painful neuropathies" in Turin (Italy)

Our partner in Italy, GEA Soluzioni, became the organizer and participant of the congress "Neuropathic pain and painful neuropathies", which was held in Turin on May 17, 2019.

"Neuropathic pain differs from other forms of pain in that it often gives a worse prognosis, often turning into chronic forms.

In addition, neuropathic pain tends to be immune to common analgesics, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and opioids.

Drug treatment of neuropathic pain is often still unsatisfactory, so it is necessary to combine traditional pharmacological therapy with other first- or second-line interventional therapies.

Therefore, a deeper knowledge of the mechanisms underlying the occurrence and maintenance of pain in each patient allows us to better characterize the pain and select the most effective therapy for each patient".

The congress program attracted a wide range of specialists – surgeons, neurologists and neurosurgeons, anesthesiologists and resuscitators, specialists in the field of oncology, geriatrics, orthopedics and many others.

At the satellite exhibition, various equipment was demonstrated, including portable electroencephalographs-recorders "Encephalan-EEGR-19/26".

Health Asia International Exhibition & Conferences, Pakistan

From the 2nd till 4th of April, in Lahore, Pakistan our partner BioMatrix company, took part in the biggest annual Health & Pharmaceutical Industry event of Pakistan. On the BioMatrix corporate stand was presented the equipment for Neurophysiology, Epileptology, Neonatology produced by Medicom MTD Ltd.

VIth International Forum "SLEEP-2019"

From March 14 to 16 at the Medical Research and Educational Center of Lomonosov Moscow State University the VIth International Forum "SLEEP-2019" took place. This is an annual event held in Russia and dedicated to the World Sleep Day on March 15.

Leading somnologists from Russia and foreign countries talked about basic sleep research and the latest developments for the treatment of sleep disorders. The forum included sectional sessions for professionals and special sections of popular science speeches about sleep for a wide audience and students. On March 15, a plenary session of the forum was held, at which sleep specialist presented the latest advances in the sleep science.

Within the framework of the forum, an exhibition of medical equipment was held, in which our company took part and demonstrated polysomnographs for sleep disorders diagnostics.

Scientific conferences in Egypt

On the 2nd and 3rd of March in Cairo, Egypt, our partner Teqnia for Engineering & Development participated in the second neurophysiology conference of the Egyptian Clinical Neurophysiology Society (ECNPS). At the Teqnia stand, the neurophysiological equipment produced by Medicom MTD was presented, which aroused great interest among the conference participants (photo 1-3).

On the 3rd and 4th of March in Assiut, Egypt, within the framework of the 3rd Annual Congress of South Valley Egyptian Society for Pulmonology and Allergy our partner held Sleep Disorders Workshop (photo 4).

International Epilepsy Day

International Epilepsy Day

On the second Monday of February (11.02.2009), the International Epilepsy Day is celebrated. And March, 26th is "Purple day" (the Day of epilepsy patients).

"Purple day" was invented in 2008 by a nine-year-old girl Cassidy Megan, diagnosed with epilepsy. She suffered from the cautious and dismissive attitude of her peers and decided to prove that people suffering from epilepsy are no different from the rest and have the right to a normal life. This initiative was supported by the Nova Scotia Epilepsy Association (Canada) and later by other associations around the world.

Purple – the color of lavender – has become the international color of epilepsy, because it has a positive effect on the nervous system of epilepsy patients and reduces their anxiety.

Usually, conferences of experts of epileptology and psychiatry are held back-to-back with Purple day. These meetings are designed to address topical issues of epilepsy treatment, to share experiences of successful treatment and application of anti-epileptic drugs.

Quoted from the article "Video-EEG monitoring in the diagnosis of epilepsy", "Modern medical technologies" journal:

Konstantin Yurievich Mukhin
Head of the Institute of pediatric neurology and epilepsy clinic named after Saint Luke, Professor, doctor of medical Sciences. Consultant of Video-EEG monitoring Department of the Institute of pediatric neurology and epilepsy named after St. Luke.

Video-EEG monitoring (VEM) is a synchronous recording of bioelectric activity of the brain (electroencephalography) and the video image of the patient.

Electroencephalography is the main method of additional examination, proving and justifying the diagnosis of epilepsy, allowing clarifying the specific form of the disease.

The purpose of video-EEG monitoring is to record a paroxysmal event with making a differential diagnosis between epileptic and non-epileptic states, such as parasomnia, syncopal states, conversion attacks, stereotypes, dystonic attacks and others.

Epilepsy is a chronic brain disease characterized by repeated attacks of disorders in motor, sensitive, autonomic or mental functions.

It should be noted that there are more than twenty different types of epileptic seizures. They can be with motor or sensory manifestations, can occur in the form of a sudden loss of consciousness. Each form of epilepsy is characterized by a "set" of seizures. The main criterion for an epileptic seizure is a clinical and electroencephalographic correlate, that is, the characteristic kinematics of the seizure, accompanied synchronously on the electroencephalogram by the appearance of a specific epileptic activity for each type of seizures. Registration of clinical and electroencephalographic correlate of epileptic seizure is a reliable method to diagnose epilepsy.

The concept of prolonged monitoring of physiological parameters belongs to Holter, who in 1961 suggested using a portable cassette recorder to record ECG in patients with arrhythmia.

The invention of a 4-channel cassette recorder allowed for 1975 J. R. Yves and J. R. Woods in 1975 to suggest a method of prolonged (up to 24 hours) outpatient EEG monitoring for patients with epilepsy.

In parallel, video image of patients together with EEG recording was recorded. So in 1988, R.F. Leroy, with the co-authors, proposed a method of recording the patient's EEG on a cassette recorder with simultaneous video recording of the patient's image.

In the mid-90s, with the development of computer technology, there was a creation of computer systems that provided synchronous display of the patient's electroencephalogram and digital video and audio signals. Eventually, these devices have been supplied to the leading epileptological centers.
The method of stationary intensive video-EEG monitoring is included in the standard examination of epilepsy patients, especially for the pre-surgical examination.

Today video-EEG monitoring is the most qualitative and informative method of diagnostics of epilepsy forms and it allows registering clinical and electroencephalographic correlate of an epileptic seizure that gives the chance to establish more exact diagnosis and to appoint the rational scheme of antiepileptic therapy.

Read more about the video-equipment kits for EEG-video monitoring with software "Encephalan-Video" on our website.

A brief photo report from our stand on Arab Health 2019

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