US engineers have developed a device that works as "brain pacing"and can prevent the aftershocks associated with neurological diseases such as Parkinson's disease and epilepsy, as the journal said today Natural biomedical engineering.
The device, baptized like WAND, monitors the electrical activity of the brain and generates a stream to stimulate certain areas of that organ if it detects anomalies.
The researchers of University of California (USA), who designed it with the certainty that it could be an "extremely effective" method to avoid attacks and other symptoms, although they claim there are still years for device Can be commercialized.
"Electrical signals preceding an earthquake can be extreme subtle, as well as the frequency and strength of the stimulation required to prevent them, "they warn.
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The team responsible for WAND plans to work over the next few years with a team of doctors to implement the "small adjustments"it is necessary to determine" the appropriate therapy for each patient ".
To show that your device can work, a team led by Rikky Muller he used it to recognize and delay hand movement in primates.
Miller emphasizes that device is able to detect electrical signals and send stimuli at the same time in one brain region, something that other similar devices can not do.
On WAND It is also capable of monitoring brain activity in 128 points at the same time, until now, this type of detectors only managed to control eight signals at the same time.