GreenTracker| Researchers have made the spectacular discovery that whisker stimulation prevents strokes in rats. The obvious focus is the potential to apply these learnings to humans, as a way of avoiding the deadly and devastating effects of strokes, which are the No. 3 cause of death in the US, after heart attacks and cancer.
However, the facts of rat researcher open up startling new possibilities about the power of touch in human wellness. (AofC conclusions.)
The research is gender neutral and we don’t need whiskers. In people, “stimulating the fingers, lips or face in general could all have a similar effect,” says UCI doctoral student Melissa Davis, co-author of the study, which appears in the June issue of PLoS ONE. via Science Daily