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Virtual Reality can reduce phantom pain felt by paralysed people

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London, Oct 31’2017: Scientists have shown that virtual reality (VR) can help reduce phantom body pain in paraplegics and and create the illusion that they can feel their paralysed legs being touched again.

“We managed to provoke an illusion: the illusion that the subject’s legs were being lightly tapped, when in fact the subject was actually being tapped on the back, above the spinal cord lesion,” said lead author of the study Olaf Blanke from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland.

“When we did this, the subjects also reported that their pain had diminished,” Blanke added.

The results published in the journal Neurology could one day translate into therapies to reduce chronic pain in paraplegics.

Paraplegia is often accompanied by neuropathic pain due to the spinal cord lesion.

The patient feels pain originating from the legs, even though nothing else can be felt below the lesion.

The sensation of pain is real and yet completely resistant to drug therapy.

The new research shows that virtual reality may be the key to providing relief for this type of pain, and the solution comes from restoring a sense of touch.

“We tapped the back of the subject near the shoulders and the subject experienced the illusion that the tapping originated from the paralysed legs,” said Polona Pozeg, co-author of the study and now a neuroscientist at Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) in Switzerland.

“This is because the subject also received visual stimuli of dummy legs being tapped, viewed through the virtual reality headset, so the subject saw them immersively as his or her own legs,” Pozeg added.(IANS)

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HTC Launches ‘Vive Business Edition’ VR System In India

Vive Business Edition includes a headset, two controllers, two base stations, a 3-in-1 cable and four face cushions

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Taiwanese tech giant HTC is reportedly working on a new Android phone named "Exodus" that will be powered by blockchain technology. Pixabay

With the aim to drive business use of Virtual Reality (VR), Taiwanese electronics giant HTC on Wednesday launched the “Vive Business Edition” headset for Rs 1,26,990 in India.

Vive Business Edition, that can be purchased from Amazon and www.imonline.co.in, would allow organizations to order Vive VR systems with additional services adapted for business and commercial environments.

“Built to scale with growing business requirements, Vive Business Edition delivers an exceptional experience and innovative solutions that address the growing business needs of companies globally,” Faisal Siddiqui, President, South Asia at HTC, said in a statement.

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Alongside the full Vive VR system, the new Edition comes with commercial licensing, a 12-month limited warranty and an option to order the device in large quantities. Pixabay

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“As a part of our focus in 2018, we plan to expedite the growth of our partners through the application of Vive technology across areas like gaming, entertainment, automotive, engineering and medical, among others,” Siddiqui added.

Vive Business Edition includes a headset, two controllers, two base stations, a 3-in-1 cable and four face cushions. (IANS)

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