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December 13, 2005

Science copies Science Fiction

From the London Telegraph...

Patients in chronic pain may be able to reduce their suffering through a method reminiscent of the Vulcan mind control employed by Mr Spock in Star Trek....

After practice, they were able to think away some of the pain, says a team at the Stanford University school of medicine. The scientists believe that the new technique has potential for long-term treatment.

"We believe these subjects and patients really learned to control their brain and, through that, their pain," says Dr Sean Mackey, co-author of the study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"We could change people's lives," he says. "However, significantly more science and testing must be done."

I've been doing that same technique to get rid of headaches and other minor pain for well over 15 years now. It only works with maybe half the people (you have to have an active enough imagination) and even of those it works on, most feel silly doing it and won't use it on a regular basis.

This is another example of taking something old, repackaging it and pretending you've discovered something new, then demanding research grant money.

Posted by Danny Carlton at December 13, 2005 06:52 AM

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