Came across this in one of my RA feeds.
Can the Nervous System Be Hacked?
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/25/magaz ... acked.html
A neurosurgeon, and also Feinstein Institute’s president, Tracey had spent more than a decade searching for a link between nerves and the immune system. His work led him to hypothesize that stimulating the vagus nerve with electricity would alleviate harmful inflammation.
In September 2011, SetPoint Medical began the world’s first clinical trial to treat rheumatoid-arthritis patients with an implantable nerve stimulator based on Tracey’s discoveries. According to Ralph Zitnik, SetPoint’s chief medical officer, of the 18 patients currently enrolled in the ongoing trial, two-thirds have improved. And some of them were feeling little or no pain just weeks after receiving the implant; the swelling in their joints has disappeared.
GSK is investing in the company. GSK has kickstarted a $50M effort in funding bioelectronics so they don't think he's a quack. And a quick search shows more stuff coming out of bioelectronics.
http://www.sfgate.com/technology/articl ... 504171.php
So Poon "is solving a major engineering problem," he said, suggesting that the work could be turned into a powerful alternative to deep-brain stimulation, in which a medical device sends electrical impulses to parts of the brain to treat disorders such as Parkinson's disease. "This is a real innovation in powering devices inside the body."
Poon believes her invention could someday be designed to influence neurosignals in ways that could treat afflictions such as chronic pain, Alzheimer's and urinary incontinence, all of which signal malfunctions in the central nervous system. The engineer has started a company, Vivonda Medical.
Anyone following bioelectronics?