Earth Science News  





.
ABOUT US
Battery can help brain deal with pain

disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only
by Staff Writers
Milan, Italy (UPI) May 3, 2011
Italian scientists say they've created a battery for stimulating the brain to treat problems such as chronic pain, the aftereffects of strokes and depression.

Researchers at the Ca Granda Foundation at Milan's Policlinico university hospital and the Universita Statale have established a company to market the device, ANSA news agency reported Tuesday.

"Neuro-stimulation techniques have been spreading in clinical medicine over the last 20 years, especially where drugs are not effective or are not well-tolerated," the scientists said in a statement.

The device consists of two electrodes that are applied to the sides of the head and hooked up to a weak and continuous electrical current from a battery.

Sessions last a matter of minutes, the researchers said.

"This brings about functional cerebral modifications, without the individual feeling any sensation, which persist for hours after the current has been turned off."

The company says its battery is cheaper and easier to carry from place to place.

"It will permit an even greater spread of these techniques on a wide scale, including outside specialist research facilities," it said.




Share This Article With Planet Earth
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook



Related Links
All About Human Beings and How We Got To Be Here



Tempur-Pedic Mattress Comparison

Newsletters :: SpaceDaily Express :: SpaceWar Express :: TerraDaily Express :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News
ABOUT US
Study: Memories change brain structure
Rome (UPI) May 2, 2011
European researchers say they've recorded changes in the brain as it learns and sorts what it has learned in a "clearing house" of memories. By analyzing the brains of mice at various stages of learning, Italian, Swiss and German scientists observed the brain modifying its structure and organization, making new connections while canceling some others out, Italian news agency ANSA report ... read more

.
Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
  


ABOUT US
Japanese nuclear plant a time bomb?

Homelessness haunts US tornado victims

Japan police plan DNA database to identify tsunami dead

TEPCO prepares for work inside reactor building

ABOUT US
Foxconn workers treated like 'machines': labour group

Researchers Find More Efficient Way To Steer Laser Beams

US TV ownership down for first time in 20 years

Chinese pay price for world's rare earths addiction

ABOUT US
Oceans could rise 1.6 metres by 2100: study

Small fry fish just as vulnerable to population plunges as sharks or tuna

Brazil hits back in anger over dam protest

New biomass data reveals fish stocks more stable than believed

ABOUT US
Record Arctic warming to boost sea level rise

Calling all candidates for Concordia

Melting ice on Arctic islands a major player in sea level rise

ESA-NASA Collaboration Furthers Sea-Ice Research

ABOUT US
Origin Of Rice Points To China

Market Lighting Affects Nutrients

Study urges different grazing practices

WWF welcomes first Bulgaria ban on Danube sturgeon fishing

ABOUT US
Japan mulls tsunami lessons for reconstruction

Ecuador on alert after volcano erupts

Forecasters predict multiple US hurricane landfalls

Rain is Colombia's 'worst' natural disaster: Santos

ABOUT US
Burkina Faso ruling party says opposition aiming for coup

Chinese army gives rocket launchers, weapons to Sierra Leone

Disaster-hit Japan will not cut aid to Africa: spokesman

Diehard pro-Gbagbo militia begin to disarm

ABOUT US
Battery can help brain deal with pain

Media multitasking is really multi-distracting

No nuts for 'Nutcracker Man'

Why the eye is better than a camera at capturing contrast and faint detail simultaneously


The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement