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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Stimulating Neurons to Help with Problem-Solving


                                                                  
  
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One of the most troubling symptoms of multiple sclerosis, especially for those of us who are still working, is “brain fog” — not being able to concentrate … not feeling “sharp” when working on a task or solving problems.
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So it was interesting to read about a new study that reports that patients with MS had better problem-solving ability and response time after training with a technology called transcranial direct current stimulation, or tDCS. 

During tDCS, a patient wears a headset through which a low amplitude direct current is applied to the scalp. The stimulation makes it easier for neurons in the brain to fire. The result, say the researchers, is an improvement in the learning that takes place when patients use cognitive training games during rehabilitation. And, importantly, this technology doesn’t have to be applied in a clinic; it can be used by a patient at home.
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