Device for breathing problems

To treat potentially harmful breathing problems in premature babies, an Indian-origin researcher and his colleagues have developed a device that tricks infants’ brains into thinking that they are running — thus prompting them to breathe. According to a study published in the journal PLOS One, the device is a pager-sized box with wires that is connected to small disks which are placed on the skin over the joints of feet and hands. Once machine is turned on, the disks gently vibrate, which triggers nerve fibres to alert the brain that the limbs are moving.

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