A team of scientists have recently discovered an efficient, yet quite odd cure for seasickness that they want to integrate on the market in the next few years.
The study behind this new cure was conducted by the Imperial College London and led by Dr. Qadeer Arshad of the Department of Medicine. They have focused on finding a better cure for seasickness, in spite of the fact that a true cause for the condition has not yet been discovered.
However, since so many people are suffering from the irritating illness, the researchers decided that a better temporary solution needs to be developed as soon as possible.
At the moment, the most efficient treatment for seasickness remains in the form of anti-nausea medicine, that unfortunately comes with a series of side effects. And one of the most common side effects is drowsiness, which might might not have a great impact on people who are only on a boat for a short period of time, but that is definitely an inconvenience for people who need to work on boats.
Furthermore, there are some people out there that need to be extremely focused on their jobs on board a ship, who cannot afford to be drowsy on the job. These people are the main target of this newly found cure.
Dr. Arshad and his team started from the most respected hypothesis regarding seasickness that pins the condition on “a conflict between what the eye perceives as motion and what the ears perceive as motion”, as the lead researcher explained.
They wanted to see if the condition would improve if the connection between the inner ear, that governs what the body experiences as accurate balance, and the brain would be made less powerful by applying a small intensity electrical shock to the scalp.
The conditions that lead to seasickness on a boat were artificially replicated in the lab, so that the treatment could be tested. And according to their research, the method is quite successful, because the subjects that were included in the test phases of the project experienced either no seasickness at all or very light nausea after a long period of time.
Due to the success of their study and the fact that no side effects have been discovered at this point, Dr. Arshad aims to make his treatment method mainstream in the next five to ten years. He is hopeful that it could be somehow integrated into smartphones, so that the low intensity electrical shock can be delivered through a set of headphones.
The findings of the study were published in the scientific journal Neurology and it will hopefully lead to a better method of managing seasickness.
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