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Can you use electricity to trick your brain into not feeling pain?

Can you trick your brain into not feeling pain — without medication? We’ve used electricity to do that for centuries, but this method is newly popular again. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or TENS, has become far more accessible since it was approved as an over-the-counter treatment by the US Food and Drug Administration about two years ago. Now, with the country in the midst of an opioid epidemic, doctors and patients and medical-device manufacturers are paying more attention to this form of natural pain management. Think of the machines as “using electricity to rub away pain,” says Mark Johnson, a professor of analgesia at Leeds Beckett University in the United Kingdom. TENS devices are portable machines with electrodes. You put the electrodes wherever you have muscle pain, turn on the device, and feel a tingling sensation. The machine sends electrical pulses through your skin and nerves. The electrical pulses do two things: first, it distracts the brain to prevent the pain signals from reaching the brain. Second, it encourages your body to produce more of its own natural painkillers.
Can you trick your brain into not feeling pain — without medication? We’ve used electricity to do that for centuries, but this method is newly popular again. Transcutaneous electrical nerve...
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FWIW, something like this was a serious option in treating my chronic back pain, using a electric current to trick that particular nerve to no longer register pain. I didn't go that way, but it was offered as a leading option.
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Your New Attorney General does not believe in the same Constitution as legal scholars. Or the Founding Fathers. For example, he does not believe in separation of Church and State.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/01/08/us/politics/jeff-sessions-on-the-issues.html?_r=0
Mr. Sessions, the nominee for attorney general, has been a consistent voice for conservative policies for nearly two decades in the Senate. Here are some of his positions on the issues.
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This bill will make having an abortion at any stage a felony in Texas... no exemption of fetal abnormality, rape or incest.. so you find out your baby has no functioning brain and wont live.. If you carry to term you risk your life and fertility .. if you have an abortion you can get prosecuted as a felon and go to jail.. thus losing voting rights etc.. they say this bill will not pass because roe v wade.. but .. trump gets a supreme court pick.. The far right already thinks women should not have the right to vote.. This is a small cog in a big machine to soften people up to removing the rights of women .. how long before women routinely become suspects in every miscarriage and still birth?
Women who have abortions would become felons and lose their voting rights.
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+Shannon B. i know :)

From your link (3rd option)
"Prevents a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus"

From the bill: "AA living human child, from the moment of fertilization upon the fusion of a human spermatozoon with a human ovum,"

So the bill targets the morning after pill. Now you may get away with reasonable doubt with a jury but you may end up in jail for morning after pill.
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This is pretty amazing. With enough datapoints, statistics can tell you just about anything!

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ai-can-predict-when-patients-will-die-heart-failure-80-accuracy-1601517
Machine learning software allows doctors to cut diagnosis time and better assign treatment.
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Well...80% is really bad (unacceptable) when you talk about computers. It's good that they're working on stuff like this though.
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A friend used to tell me that I have to try mushrooms or something at least once. He said you need to expand your mind, hear colors, see music, experience oneness with the universe.

Apparently at least 1/5 of you already do...

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jan/17/listen-with-your-eyes-one-in-five-of-us-may-hear-flashes-of-light-synaesthesia
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What's the role of conditioning? If your nervous system is trained with multi-modal stimuli...
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It appears that you can find anything on youtube. Here's a doctor, popping pimples. And she has over 1 billion views!

https://www.youtube.com/user/DrSandraLee
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Rule 34 presumably still appl... sorry can't finish typing that due to retching.
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We should have an equivalent of fizzbuzz testing for politicians. Fail sufficiently basic questions, and we can safely ignore anything else you say on the subject.
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Air India will launch female-only seats on domestic routes in a bid to combat in-flight sexual assaults.
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+Irreverent Monk well cut it out! Be good, be nice, be sweet! 
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President Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning’s sentence, according to a report from The New York Times. While not technically a pardon, the order reduces Manning’s sentence from 35 years to just...
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Yeah, I'm afraid people are going to find out that there are certain portions of government that most of us don't want to run quickly.
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radioactivepeasant wrote:

It occurs to me that as much as “humans are the scary ones” fits sometimes, if you look at it another way, humans might seem like the absurdly friendly or curious ones.

I mean, who looked at an elephant, gigantic creature thoroughly capable of killing someone if it has to, and thought “I’m gonna ride on that thing!”?

And put a human near any canine predator and there’s a strong chance of said human yelling “PUPPY!” and initiating playful interaction with it.

And what about the people who look at whales, bigger than basically everything else, and decide “I’m gonna swim with our splashy danger friends!”

Heck, for all we know, humans might run into the scariest, toughest aliens out there and say “Heck with it. I’m gonna hug ‘em.”

“Why?!”

“I dunno. I gotta hug ‘em.”

And it’s like the first friendly interaction the species has had in forever so suddenly humanity has a bunch of big scary friends.

adrenaline-revolver wrote:
“Commander, we must update the code of conduct to include the humans.”

“Why? Are they more aggressive than we anticipated?”

“It seems to be the opposite Commander. Just this morning a crewman nearly lost their hand when attempting to stroke an unidentified feline on an unknown world. Their reaction to the attack was to call the creature a “mean kitty” and vow to win it over. Upon inquiry it seems they bond so readily with creatures outside their species that they have the capacity to feel sympathy for an alien creature they have never seen before simply because it appears distressed. I hate to say this commander but we must install a rule to prevent them from endangering their own lives when interacting with the galaxy’s fauna.”

“I see what you mean. So be it, from now on no crewman is allowed to touch unknown animals without permission from a superior officer. And send a message to supplies about acquiring one of these “puppies” so that their desire to touch furred predators can be safely sated.

radioactivepeasant wrote:
Ehehehe I love this! Every time someone adds a short story to my post it gets like 90% cuter and more epic

talkingbirdguy wrote:
Lets be honest, the humans would ignore the hell outta that rule whenever alone.

talkingbirdguy wrote:
“So I hear that you’ve just recruited a human for your ship.”

“Yes, it’s the first time that I’ve worked with these species, but they come highly recommended. Say, you’ve worked with a few, what tips can you give me? I’d hate to have some kind of cultural misunderstanding if it’s avoidable.”

“The first rule of working with humans is never leave them unsupervised.”

“Wait, what?”

“I’m serious. Don’t do it. Things. Happen.”

“But wait, I thought that I heard you highly recommended that every crew should have at least one on board?”

“Absolutely, and I stand by that. Humans are excellent innovators, and are psychologically very resilient. If you have a crisis, then a human that has bonded wth your crew properly can be invaluable. Treat your human well and you should get the best out of them as a crew member. Their ability to get on with almost any species is legendary.”

“But Toks, didn’t you just say…”

“The trouble is that they will potentially try to bond with anything. If you leave them unsupervised, you have no idea what kind of trouble they can get themselves into. It was sheer luck that the Fanzorians thought that it was funny that the human picked up the Crown Prince to coo at him.”

“Crown Prince Horram, Scourge of Pixia?”

“The very same. Surprisingly good sense of humour. But don’t even get me started on that one time with the Dunlip. Al-Human wanted to know if they could keep it. As a pet.”

“A Dunlip? You mean the 3 metre tall apex predators from Jowun?”

“Yup. Don’t leave your humans unsupervised.”

“I’ll uh, take that under advisement.”
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- Do you see that weirdly-looking piece of hair with remarkably tiny hands that shits through it's mouth?
- Yeah... what the hell is that?
- I don't know, but I got an idea, lets give it control over the biggest nuclear arsenal on the planet! =D
- Ok, lets do it! =D
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This is the future of healthcare - tech tracking plus direct relationship with doctors at a clinic. Once there are enough of these clinics - with diverse enough services and equipment, they can form proper national and international care networks. Then, (almost) completely cut out worthless middlemen like insurers.

The only relationship that matters is the one between patient and practitioner. Every other third party is a parasite, eating away at it and our time. That includes employers, government, insurers, etc.
For $149 a month, the doctor will see you as often as you want
A health-care startup is using fancy digs, fitness trackers, and a membership fee to change doctor visits.
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We could! But I'm happy to have at least what I have now. It is far better than being without. And, I don't mind paying for it but it would be nice for it to not have such a big price tag and still have all the same benefits, especially with gender transitioning.
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Van Jones on disproportionate drug arrests and convictions. http://to.teamcoco.com/2iKPLQP #CONAN
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+Bob Calder except there's that one lovely woman I've seen a few times in the last few days - Shirley, maybe? - who was calling out Esther as a feminist lesbian boringly obsessed with women's issues, and in the next breath calling out the anti-abortion commenters. I checked her profile the other day when I first ran across her, and she's an odd duck.
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