Plug In Diagnostics For Humans

When a modern car is "sick", the service person can plug in to the cars computer and get a diagnostic readout on the problem, which can speed up the repair process by avoiding guesswork. We may see something similar in the future for humans, by reading central nervous system (CNS) signals to understand what is causing inflammation or infections.
Benjamin Steinberg, M.D., a post-doctoral fellow and an anesthesiology resident at St. Michael’s, hypothesized that the neurons may be sending the CNS not just a general “danger warning” but specific information about whether the infection is caused by a virus or bacteria, the type of bacteria present, or the nature of the auto-immune reaction. Researchers are now trying to decipher that “neural code.”

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