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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on NYPost.com, PSMag.com, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 00:00

VR Tools Could Reduce Pain During Workout

Nothing can halt a good workout in its tracks like excruciating pain. But virtual reality (VR) tools could be the solution to that, allowing athletes to keep training long after they might have otherwise given up. Researchers from the University of Kent recently revealed that they’ve found a way to use VR to improve performance and endurance during exercise.

Working with 80 participants, researchers monitored results between two different groups when holding an isometric bicep curl at 20 percent of the maximum rate each person could lift. A control group performed the exercise in a room containing only a chair, table, and yoga mat, while the other group was equipped with a VR headset that simulated that exact environment. After the fact, the researchers asked each participant to rate his pain level.

It’s a drug that has given men a new lease on life, allowing them to enjoy an active sex life well into old age. But at what price? A new case study reveals that high doses of the drug sildenafil, known by the brand name Viagra, can permanently damage a person’s vision. Researchers looked closely at the case of a 31-year-old man complaining of red-tinted vision after taking Viagra.

The patient had purchased liquid sildenafil citrate online and admittedly taken a much higher dose than recommended. Soon after arriving at an urgent care clinic with the issue, he was diagnosed with persistent retinal toxicity and the condition was linked with the high levels of sildenafil in his system. The medication had damaged his outer retina, the experts said. A full year later, the man’s vision has still not improved despite undergoing various treatments.

Imagine if you could use technology to reprogram your cells. A team of researchers may have found a way to do just that. The best news of all is, one of the things that could be reprogrammed is cancer growth.

A team at Caltech has created a biological toolkit that has the ability to create circuits, which then can program new behaviors into a body’s cells. The team used its toolkit of proteins on human cells that were growing in a lab.

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