Scientists have discovered a significant role of the nervous system in the development of infectious and autoimmune diseases. The study suggests a new look at the methods of treatment of previously known diseases, ranging from influenza and ending with rheumatoid arthritis.
Researchers from St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto noted the role of neurons in the peripheral nervous system - cells that transmit information throughout the body, in the development of infection. After all, transmitted impulses include data on infections and inflammatory processes, because the central nervous system coordinates the reactions of the whole organism.
Postdoctoral student in the field of anesthesiology Benjamin Steinberg hypothesized that neurons send not simple messages about and specific information about which infection (viral or bacterial) is present in the body, or is observed autoimmune reaction.
Now scientists are trying to decipher the signals sent by neurons of the peripheral nervous system, believing that knowing the language will help to rewrite existing messages.
Since neurons send messages to the CNS in real time, then by reading you can immediately diagnose simple diseases, such as ARVI, as well as dangerous infections. Now, to confirm the diagnosis, the analysis of body fluids and tissues is used, and invasive techniques take several hours, days and even months. Knowing the information sent by neurons, doctors at once could determine the severity of the case and the need for treatment.
"If neurons read this information about an infection from the blood or liver, then we can interrogate the nervous system, make diagnostics in real time. For example, we could as soon as possible diagnose influenza or bacterial pneumonia to determine the appropriateness of prescribing antibiotics. In severe cases, when patients in a state of septic shock require rapid administration of antibiotics, and every hour of delay increases by,% the risk of death, but doctors do not always know which bacteria caused infection. An improperly prescribed antibiotic can harm a patient's health. "
Scientists use bioelectric therapy to intercept and measure signals sent to the central nervous system. During the injury, pain receptors send messages to the CNS, which are recorded as pain. Bioelectric therapy relieves pain by interrupting pain signals, even before they reach the brain. It also encourages the body to produce endorphins that help alleviate pain.