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Topic # 217777 11-Jul-2017 21:54
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More of a science news but I thought this was very interesting:

Nature: The technique, called vagus-nerve stimulation, has been used since the 1990s to treat epilepsy, and since the early 2000s to treat depression. But Katrin, a 70-year-old fitness instructor in Amsterdam, who asked that her name be changed for this story, uses it to control rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder that results in the destruction of cartilage around joints and other tissues. A clinical trial in which she enrolled five years ago is the first of its kind in humans, and it represents the culmination of two decades of research looking into the connection between the nervous and immune systems. For Kevin Tracey, a neurosurgeon at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, New York, the vagus nerve is a major component of that connection, and he says that electrical stimulation could represent a better way to treat autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, Crohn's disease and more.




It's amazing how far we have come but how little we know about how this stuff really works and so many discoveries are made serendipitously.

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  Reply # 1821457 12-Jul-2017 18:45
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I agree it's interesting - and consistent perhaps with other hypothesise relating diet and microbiome to inflammatory diseases as well as depression/mood (and in reverse - the possible causal mechanism between "stress" and some inflammatory diseases) despite absence of other explanation (endocrine etc).

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  Reply # 1821543 12-Jul-2017 21:47
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I believe you can also stimulate the nerve with singing, shouting, gargling, cold and other ways

 

https://selfhacked.com/blog/28-ways-to-stimulate-your-vagus-nerve-and-all-you-need-to-know-about-it/#1_Cold

 

 


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