Can a video game end pain?  Virtual reality has transformed the…

Can a video game end pain? 

Virtual reality has transformed the gaming world – now it’s helping to change the way we treat pain – find out how V.R. games can help ease pain.

The goal of this virtual reality game isn’t to beat out your opponent or destroy aliens – it’s to help put a stop to pain – it’s a technique that helps distract patients from painful procedures.

“We’ve found that virtual reality can get patients through any number of painful procedures. We focused on burn care. It’s an elaborate distraction, a way to pull people’s attention away from the procedure itself and the pain the procedure causes,” said David Patterson, a psychologist at the University of Washington in Seattle.

According to Hunter Hoffman, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Washington, “burn patients most of the time their pain is well controlled by pain medications. But during certain procedures when they’re having their wounds cleaned, for example or when they’re doing physical therapy stretching exercise, the pain is much higher and is often uncontrolled pain.”

The virtual game called Snow World, immerses patients into an alternate reality where they can swoop through an icy, snowy canyon and throw snowballs at snowmen, penguins and igloos.
“What’s exciting about Snow World is it’s a paradigm shift away from just relying solely on pain medications, and shows the power of the human mind for helping patients control their own pain,” said Hoffman.

The experience is so engaging that patients have reported great success.

Hoffman also said, “we’re finding that, that drastically reduced their subjective experience of how much pain they feel.”

To test the virtual game – the pain patients might feel during a procedure is simulated with a thermal device on a volunteer’s skin. It creates brief periods of heat-related pain.

It doesn’t harm, but it’s enough to cause a reaction. Volunteers are then asked to rate their pain when playing the game.

Researchers are working to find out whether the virtual reality game affects the brain in the same way pain medications do.

“We’ve also done brain scan studies showing large reductions in pain related brain activity during virtual reality,” said Hoffman.

Researchers found that regions of the brain that register pain showed the least amount of activity with a combination of virtual reality and pain medication.

Hoffman said, “we’re not replacing the pain meds, but we’re amplifying the effectiveness of the overall pain control by using this non pharmacologic approach.”

Using the V.R. approach to distract attention away from discomfort is the ultimate 3D reality experience.

“Ultimately the more we can get their attention, capture their attention the more pain relief there’s going to be,” said Patterson.

By: Inside Science.

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Tour a vast collection of early medical devices A unique…

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A unique collection of scientific and medical devices from decades past sheds light on innovations old and new.

For more than 30 years, Steve Erenberg has collected early scientific and medical objects and instruments. Erenberg’s store and museum in Peekskill, New York, is packed with Victorian medical masks, surreal anatomical models and long forgotten devices.

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Authors Huan Meng and Xiangsheng Liu describe the custom-designing of a mesoporous silica nanoparticle (MSNP) platform to reduce the toxicity of irinotecan, a drug included in the four-drug regimen FOLFIRINOX, to treat pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC).

Read the related ACS Nano article at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsnano.5b07781

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Opioid Addiction and Treatment  Treatment – The best way to deal…

Opioid Addiction and Treatment 

Treatment – The best way to deal with opioid addiction is to prevent it, but for a huge and growing number of Americans, it’s too late for that. This episode looks at some of the pharmacotherapy and cognitive therapy options for treating opioid addiction, and looks at how we’ve so far largely failed to treat addicts.

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Cool Shit In Science: Tampons for Wounded Soldiers & The Future of Meat 

Did you know that tampons have been used by soldiers to treat gun shot wounds since the vietnam war? Yeah, I didn’t know that either.

But this new piece of science tech takes treating bullet wounds to the next level. The revolutionary new bullet wound tampon expands to stop the bleeding in a matter of seconds. Rather than having a medic apply pressure from the outside, the small, expanding sponges are injected into a wound cavity and apply pressure from within. The combination of pressure and absorption stops bleeding almost immediately. Each sponge also contains a marker that you can detect with an x-ray, to make sure none of the little sponges get lost inside.

Lab-Grown meat

Our producer Bec has gone vegan again, which means she’s going to be cranky and annoying for the next two weeks until she gives up and starts eating meat again.

Did I mention that meat is delicious?

But Bec is right to try, because not only are most slaughterhouse pretty rough, but beef is pretty much the worst thing we can do to our planet. Cows are responsible for about 15 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, so beef is worse than all the cars, trucks, planes and boats in the world.

But hopefully sometime in the not too distant future, wannabe vegans everywhere won’t have to give up meat in order to be ethical…

Lab grown meat has been available since 2013, but cost almost half a million dollars for one hamburger, and wasn’t all that tasty. But scientists predict they’ll be able to produce a burger patty for under 10 bucks in about 5 years time – by using tissue from real cows and growing the muscle cells in massive incubators.

And it’s not just beef – New Wave Foods, a San Francisco startup – have created synthetic popcorn shrimp by combining red algae – something shrimp normally eat to get that pink color – with protein powder.

So guys – this is just another example of how investing in science (in research and development) – can make our world better. Not just for cows and chickens and pigs – but for all the humans who live on the planet… who won’t be gassed to death by the methane of our future philly cheese steaks and Big Macs.

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