Medical research

Vibration may help heal chronic wounds

Wounds may heal more quickly if exposed to low-intensity vibration, report researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Neuroscience

People with DFNA2 hearing loss show increased touch sensitivity

People with a certain form of inherited hearing loss have increased sensitivity to low frequency vibration, according to a study by Professor Thomas Jentsch of the Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP)/Max ...

Medical research

Rock-a-bye fly: Why vibrations lead to sleepiness

It is common practice to rock babies to sleep. Children and grownups also get drowsy during long car rides. There is something about gentle mechanical stimuli that makes humans of all ages sleepy. Sleep in fruit flies is ...

Diabetes

Daily vibration may combat prediabetes in youth

Daily sessions of whole-body vibration may combat prediabetes in adolescents, dramatically reducing inflammation, average blood glucose levels and symptoms such as frequent urination, researchers report.

Health

Whole-body vibration may be as effective as regular exercise

A less strenuous form of exercise known as whole-body vibration (WBV) can mimic the muscle and bone health benefits of regular exercise in mice, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's journal Endocrinology.

Neuroscience

Cellular channels vital for hearing identified

Ending a 30-year search by scientists, researchers at Boston Children's Hospital have identified two proteins in the inner ear that are critical for hearing, which, when damaged by genetic mutations, cause a form of delayed, ...

Health

Vibration therapy trialled in young children

The Torrens Kelly family were "somewhat sceptical" when son Luke, then 12, joined a clinical trial of a new vibration therapy for cerebral palsy at the Liggins Institute. "Luke has had many therapies in the past and it is ...

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