Soon, technology to help human body heal itself


Washington: U.S president Barack Obama has revealed about Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s program that aims to help the human body heal itself.

Doug Weber, DARPA program manager, said that the technology DARPA plans to develop through the Electrical Prescriptions (ElectRx) program could fundamentally change the manner in which doctors diagnose, monitor and treat injury and illness.

Weber added that instead of relying only on medication, they envision a closed-loop system that would work in concept like a tiny, intelligent pacemaker, which would continually assess conditions and provide stimulus patterns tailored to help maintain healthy organ function, helping patients get healthy and stay healthy using their body’s own systems.

Initiated in support of the President’s brain initiative, ElectRx (pronounced “electrics”) aims to develop new, high-precision, minimally invasive technologies for modulating nerve circuits to restore and maintain human health.

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