READING THE BODY’S ELECTRICAL SIGNALS TO TREAT ILLNESS (University of Melbourne):
“Chemical electricity is how we move, think, and remember.
And increasingly, as technology miniaturises and computer power multiplies, it’s how we are treating chronic illness.
Since the fully implantable pacemaker was developed in the 1950s to keep a patient’s heart beating in rhythm using electrical impulses, engineers have now gone on to develop devices that can be implanted directly in the brain, under the scalp, or even inside blood vessels to treat diseases and disorders like Parkinson’s and epilepsy, as well as mental illnesses and paralysis.
But Professor David Grayden in the University of Melbourne’s Department of Biomedical Engineering is aiming to go further … He and other researchers are attempting to listen back and interpret the body’s electrical signalling.
This would allow the new devices to actually predict the state of an illness or its symptoms – whether it’s detecting a looming seizure in the case of epilepsy, or the early stages of inflammation in a condition like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)” … “What we want to be able to do is record what the brain is doing and then stimulate it in a way where we can steer it to react in the way we want it to.” –> Keep reading article HERE
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