Electroceuticals

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Electroceuticals is a recently coined term that broadly encompasses all bioelectronic medicine that employs electrical stimulation to affect and modify functions of the body.[1] Clinical neural implants such as cochlear implants to restore hearing, retinal implants to restore sight, spinal cord stimulators for pain relief or cardiac pacemakers and implantable defibrillators are conventional examples of electroceuticals. A more recent variety of electroceutical is the modulation of the immune system via electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve which can be used to provide relief from rheumatoid arthritis.[2]

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  1. ^ Famm, Kristoffer; Litt, Brian; Tracey, Kevin J.; Boyden, Edward S.; Slaoui, Moncef (10 April 2013). "Drug discovery: A jump-start for electroceuticals". Nature 496 (7444): 159–161. doi:10.1038/496159a. 
  2. ^ "Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Rheumatoid Arthritis: Interview with Anthony Arnold, CEO of SetPoint Medical". 

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