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Wearable Device Treats Pain of Diabetes-Caused Nerve Damage

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Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   3/6/2014 7:12:31 AM
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You're welcome, Debera. Yes, this does sound like it could provide some much-needed relief for diabetes patients. These types of medical innovations really have the potential to improve the daily lives of those suffering from chronic diseases.

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Debera Harward   3/5/2014 11:12:23 AM
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Thanks Elizebeth , thats really nice if it can block the pain for diabetes patients because these days i have heard a lot diabetic patients complaining about the numbness and pain in the foot . This technolohey will be defenitely helpfull for them and they will be waiting anxiously for it 

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Elizabeth M   3/3/2014 5:50:28 AM
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Hi, Debera, thanks for your comment. The device is specifically to treat the pain caused by diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) in diabetic patients. It doesn't "eliminate" the pain per se but it does block it by stimulating healthy nerves so the pain from the damaged nerves. So maybe you could say it "eliminates" it...but I imagine the pain is still there somewhere, it just helps patients not feel it. Does that makes sense? It is a bit confusing but I tried to explain it well in the article.

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Debera Harward   3/3/2014 2:05:10 AM
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Thanks Elizebeth for such an informative post but i was just wandering if this device could reduce the pain of diebetic patients or does it help to eliminate the numbness in the nerves of hand and foot caused by diabetes .

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Elizabeth M   1/30/2014 7:03:17 AM
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That seems like a good use for this technology, too, Nadine. Sometimes for this type of technological advancement to happen, there has to be a specific reason to desin the device--in this case, diabetes. But then the use of a device can broaden. It would be interesting to see adoption of this going forward.

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NadineJ   1/30/2014 12:19:45 AM
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Good point.  This could be good for cancer patients who experience neuropathic pain as a side effect of chemotherapy.

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Elizabeth M   1/29/2014 8:11:33 PM
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Thanks, Chuck. Yes, I imagine this could be used by people suffering from other types of chronic pain caused by neuropathy. That is the beauty of some of these new technologies in the medical field. They may be targeted to a specific purpose but they also can be adapted.

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Charles Murray   1/29/2014 7:51:11 PM
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Cool story, Liz. I wonder if this device can be used for other forms of neuropathy (those that aren't diabetes-related). Seems like it should still work for those people, as well -- no?

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Elizabeth M   1/29/2014 10:11:56 AM
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Some of the most gratifying stories I write have to do with the latest innovations in medical research, which can really help people suffering from disease and change people's lives. This device shows great promise for diabetes sufferers. Would like to hear from anyone with first-hand experience with the disease to see if this would indeed be useful.

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