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Playing augmented Reality Games like Pokemon Go may help Reduce phantom Limb Pain : Study

Phantom limb pain occurs when amputees experience painful sensations which seem to come from their missing limb

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London, December 2, 2016: Playing augmented reality games like Pokemon Go may help reduce phantom limb pain and improve the quality of lives in people affected by the condition, a study suggests.

Phantom limb pain occurs when amputees experience painful sensations which seem to come from their missing limb.

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Most amputees experience some pain after losing a limb, but for some it becomes very severe leading to poor quality of life, worse disability, poorer mental health and greater difficulty in prosthesis use than for amputees without phantom limb pain, the study said.

“Phantom limb pain is a difficult condition to treat that can seriously hinder patients’ quality of life,” said lead author Max Ortiz Catalan, Assistant Professor, Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.

“The study provides a non-invasive and non-pharmacological treatment which was found to reduce chronic pain with no observed side effects,” Catalan added.

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In the study, the researchers placed sensors on patients’ stumps to detect muscular activity for the missing arm, signals from which were then fed into a computer to create an augmented-reality arm, representing the missing limb.

Then using the augmented-reality arm — that was shown on a mirror-like display in front of the participant — they could alleviate the pains from a phantom limb.

On average the intensity, quality and frequency of phantom limb pain halved following treatment and improved patients’ daily activities as well as sleep quality — both interrupted by the painful condition, the researchers observed.

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Noting that the findings need to be confirmed in a large randomised clinical trial, the researchers pointed out that the treatment would not be suitable for patients with nerve injuries and those who cannot move their stump.

The study, published in the journal The Lancet, involved 14 patients who began experiencing phantom limb pain soon after they had their arm amputated between two and 36 years ago and had not benefitted from other treatments. (IANS)

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?