This Device Can Zap Your Brain Into A State Of Zen. Is That A Good Thing?

What if you could zap your brain into a state of calm or energy with only the push of a button? It may sound like the stuff of sci-fi, but it's now the promise of a new class of tech wearables created by teams of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and neuroscientists. Several devices have come onto the market claiming to use brain stimulation to alter an individual's mental state. One of the latest is Thync Vibes ($299), a stick-on device that delivers low-grade electrical pulses ("vibes") into the scalp to cause a change in automatic nervous system activity.  How does it actually work? Those who are brave enough to try it will stick a small triangular device onto the side of the forehead and attach another small strip to the back of the neck or behind the ear. Using the Thync iPhone app, you adjust the intensity and duration of the session, which can range from 5 to 20 minutes. During that time, pulses of electricity will activate either your parasympathetic nervous system (the "rest and digest" system, which slows the heart rate) or your sympathetic nervous system (responsible for the "fight or flight" response), depending on whether you choose the "calm" or "energy" setting.  Thync, which is led by CEO Isy Goldwasser and neuroscientist/chief scientific officer Jamie Tyler, aims to "bring neuroscience to everyday people." So far, the company has received more than $13 million from inves...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - Category: Science Source Type: news

Related Links:

In conclusion, the compound has a protective effect against ALF in rats, and an underlying mechanism is involved in the TGF-β1/Smad signaling pathway. PMID: 31118972 [PubMed]
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
Authors: Vigna L, Morelli F, Agnelli GM, Napolitano F, Ratto D, Occhinegro A, Di Iorio C, Savino E, Girometta C, Brandalise F, Rossi P Abstract Epidemiological data indicate that subjects affected by obesity have an increased risk of developing mood disorders. The relationship between obesity and mood disorders is bidirectional. We assessed whether a Hericium erinaceus treatment improved depression, anxiety, sleep, and binge eating disorders after 8 weeks of supplementation in subjects affected by overweight or obesity under a low calorie diet regimen. Looking for a possible clinical biomarker, we assessed the seru...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
Authors: Zhang J, Zhang Z, Zhang J, Zhong Z, Yao Z, Qu S, Huang Y Abstract Electroacupuncture (EA) is considered a complementary therapy for depression. Trials also found that EA has additive benefits when combined with medication compared with medication alone. It is revealed that EA restores altered hippocampal synaptic plasticity in depressed brain. But precise molecular mechanism is poorly understood. Here, we evaluated the therapeutic effects of EA and EA combined with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) on depressed (CUMS) rats. Then a new proteomics approach, isobaric tag for relative and absolute ...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
In this study, we synthesized a polyvinyl alcohol/cellulose nanofibril (PVA/CNF) hydrogel with dual-crosslinked networks for highly transparent, stretchable, and self-healing pressure and strain sensors. The hydrogel contains dynamic borate bonds, metal–carboxylate coordination bonds, and hydrogen bonds, all of which contribute to the hydrogel’s superior dimensional stability, mechanical strength and flexibility, and spontaneous self-healing ability as compared to traditional PVA hydrogels. The developed hydrogel has a moderate modulus of 11.2 kPa, and a high elongation rate of 1900%. It spontaneously se...
Source: Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical - Category: Chemistry Source Type: research
Publication date: 1 September 2019Source: Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, Volume 519Author(s): T.S. Soliman, S.A. VshivkovAbstractPolyvinyl alcohol (PVA) nanocomposite films embedded with iron (Fe) nanoparticles were prepared via the solution cast technique. The effect of Fe nanoparticles on the structural and optical properties of PVA nanocomposite films were investigated using X-ray diffraction, a scanning electron microscope, and UV–Vis spectroscopy. The size of the Fe nanoparticles was calculated using the Debye–Scherrer equation, and it was found that there was an increase in nanoparticle size after dis...
Source: Journal of Non Crystalline Solids - Category: Chemistry Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 24 May 2019Source: Journal of Analytical and Applied PyrolysisAuthor(s): Yehia A. Ibrahim, Asaad S. Mohamed, Osama M. Habib, Fatma H. Al-Awadhi, Nader A. Al-Jalal, Nouria A. Al-AwadiAbstractBenzo- and naphthofuran carboxylates 1,2 and carboxamides 3,4 were synthesized and pyrolysed by flash vacuum pyrolysis at 550 and 650 °C/10-2 mmHg. 2-Formylbenzonitrile 7 from benzofurans and 2-formylnaphthonitrile 14 from naphthofurans were isolated and identified as major products. The mechanism suggested for these pyrolytic reactions involves elimination of alcohol and amine from carboxyl...
Source: Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis - Category: Chemistry Source Type: research
Publication date: 25 August 2019Source: Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Volume 798Author(s): Chang Woo Lee, Jong Hwa Kim, Min-Sik Park, Jeom-Soo KimAbstractA uniform surface coating and control over residual Li on the surface of high-Ni layered transition metal oxides is crucial for development of highly reliable and high-performance cathode materials for lithium ion batteries (LIBs). To suppress undesirable side reactions at the surface of high-Ni layered transition metal oxides, we propose a one-pot TiO2 surface coating process using a bifunctional hybrid solution. We demonstrate that the uniformity and thickness of a T...
Source: Journal of Alloys and Compounds - Category: Chemistry Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 25 May 2019Source: Preventive MedicineAuthor(s): Xin Grevers, Yibing Ruan, Abbey E. Poirier, Stephen D. Walter, Paul J. Villeneuve, Christine M. Friedenreich, Darren R. Brenner, ComPARe Study Team
Source: Preventive Medicine - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research
ConclusionsThese findings suggest that students with a high propensity to use substances do attend summer school. Summer school may be a venue to deliver information on the risk of alcohol or other drugs to a population of at-risk students.
Source: American Journal of Preventive Medicine - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research
I'm a PGY-3 who has been getting a lot of postpartum patients recently whose ob/gyn placed them on disability for postpartum depression or anxiety, and then they come to me asking for their disability to be extended. Some of them have therapists, but apparently only an MD can extend disability. I have very mixed feelings about this, specifically because while I don't think maternity leave in this country is long enough, and some of them are quite symptomatic, I don't think that not going to... Extending disability
Source: Student Doctor Network - Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Tags: Psychiatry Source Type: forums
More News: Alcoholism | Biomedical Engineering | Brain | Cardiology | Depression | Food and Drug Administration (FDA) | Health | Heart | Marketing | Medical Ethics | Men | Neurology | Neuroscience | Oxford University | Psychiatry | Psychology | Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy | Science | Skin | Sports Medicine | Study | Tinnitus | Websites