Washington, Aug 16.- A material similar to a gel containing small magnetic particles could be used to control chronic pain, according to a study by US scientists published today.
To prove that thesis, experts at the University of California (UCLA) used a material similar to gel, hyaluronic acid, which is found naturally in the spinal cord and brain.
The scientists put small magnetic particles in the gelatinous substance, and later they cultivated in it a type of primary neuronal cell.
As a result, they found that magnetically induced mechanical forces led to an increase in calcium ions in neurons, which, by adapting to continuous stimulation, were able to reduce pain signals.
According to the main author, Andy Kah Ping, the results show that through the exploitation of the 'homeostasis of the neural network,' which is the idea of returning a biological system to a stable state, it is possible to diminish pain signals through the nervous system.
Ultimately, he added, this could lead to new ways in order to provide therapeutic relief from suffering.
The UCLA researchers suggested that the magnetic gel could adapt to different biomaterials for therapy of heart and muscle disorders. (Prensa Latina)