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Phantom Limb Pain Relieved With New Method
2014-02-26 11:47:38

[ Watch The Video: Treating Phantom Limb Pain After An Amputation ] Johanna Wilde, Chalmers University of Technology Max Ortiz Catalan, researcher at Chalmers University of Technology, has developed a new method for the treatment of phantom limb pain (PLP) after an amputation. The method is based on a unique combination of several technologies, and has been initially tested on a patient who has suffered from severe phantom limb pain for 48 years. A case study shows a drastic...

Phantom Limb Sensations Replicated In Non-Amputees
2013-04-12 07:57:14

[ Watch the Video: Scientists Create Phantom Sensations in Non-Amputees ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While many people who have had an arm or a leg amputated have described experiencing the sensation of having a “phantom limb,” a team of neuroscientists from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden has managed to duplicate the phenomenon with people who have not had a limb amputated. Writing in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, lead author Arvid...

Phantom Pain In Amputees Linked To The Brain
2013-03-06 05:38:54

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new brain imaging study from Oxford University reveals that the phantom pain many amputees feel in the missing limb is linked to changes in the brain that occur following amputation. Arm amputees who maintained strong representations of the missing hand in their brains — to the point where it was indistinguishable from persons with both hands — experienced the most phantom limb pain. The research team hopes that...

2011-01-19 23:23:23

An Inserm research team in Toulouse, led by Dr Stein Silva (Inserm Unit 825 "Brain imaging and neurological handicaps"), working with the "Modelling tissue and nociceptive stress" Host Team (MATN IFR 150), were interested in studying the illusions described by many patients under regional anaesthetic. In their work, to be published in the journal Anesthesiology, the researchers demonstrated that anaesthetising an arm affects brain activity and rapidly impairs body perception. The ultimate aim...

2010-09-25 01:33:11

After the loss of a limb, most patients experience the feeling of a phantom limb "“ the vivid illusion that the amputated arm or leg is still present. Damage to the nervous system, such as stroke, may cause similar illusions in weakened limbs, whereby an arm or leg may feel as if it is in a completely different position or may even feel as if it is moving when it is not. Cases of phantom limbs in non-amputees have previously been considered rare events, but a new study published in the...

2009-10-29 14:47:24

New hope for chronic pain sufferers An f1000 evaluation examines how pain relief improves greatly when the sufferer can actually see the area where the pain is occurring. In an Anglo-Italian study, thirty healthy subjects were invited to look at either their own hand, the experimenter's hand, or an object, while their hand was subjected to laser-induced pain. The results, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, showed that, when the sufferer could see their own hand, they felt less pain...

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2009-10-27 10:55:30

New research shows that amputees can "learn" to move their missing arm in an anatomically impossible way, in some cases making normal movement of that "phantom limb" more difficult, Reuters reported. The researchers say the findings demonstrate that the brain alone can alter how we perceive our bodies, without input from our senses. The report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences also raises the possibility of using similar strategies to treat certain movement problems and...

2009-08-04 13:30:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Mike Roman, a racecar driver from Kirkwood, Missouri, testified in support of FDA preemption for medical devices at a hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Roman, who uses a spinal cord stimulator to help manage chronic pain, expressed concern that the "Medical Device Safety Act of 2009" (S. 540), could inhibit innovation in medical technology and limit patients' access to new treatment...

2008-09-07 03:00:14

By Billy Sloan THERE are still a few months until I choose my favourite records of 2008...but I've already reserved a place on the list for Phantom Limb. The Bristol band's brilliant new single - Don't Say A Word - is one of the most impressive debut records I've heard in years. It is taken from their self-titled album which is an amazing fusion of soul and country music. Phantom Limb are led by singer Yolanda Quartey, whose influences include Aretha Franklin, The Staple Singers and...

2008-08-21 09:00:22

By Marriott, Judith A Abstract The concept of self-hypnosis as an attitude of mind rather than a state to be induced is discussed with reference to healing; and the role of self-hypnosis in so-called psychic healing is briefly explored. A case history is presented to illustrate the use of self-hypnosis with resulting accelerated healing in a burns case. The Bible says, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth..." In one of the systems of Hindu philosophy it is propounded...


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.