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A form of energy that is generated by the interactions of positive and negative charges and that exhibits magnetic, chemical, mechanical, and thermal effects.

frictional electricity

Static electricity generated by rubbing two objects together.

galvanic electricity

Electricity generated by chemical action.

induced electricity

Electricity generated in a body from another body nearby without contact between them.

magnetic electricity

Electricity induced by a magnetic device.

negative electricity

An electric charge caused by an excess of negatively charged electrons.

positive electricity

An electric charge caused by loss of negatively charged electrons.

static electricity

Electricity generated by friction of certain materials.
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Q. Is electric shock efficient for ocd? Is it dangerous? My husband has OCD for 15 years now. He was also diagnosed with mania-depressia. He takes so many medications and nothing really helps. We were offered to try electric shock and I'm scared. Is it dangerous? What are the chances of this method to work for him?

A. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is indeed considered effective for OCD, although it's not the first line of treatment. It does have its risks, including memory loss, disorientation and sort of confusion. There is also a change in the activity of the heart but it's rarely significant.

Generally it can be said that it's not an absolutely safe treatment, but it may help, especially if other drugs don't help.

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Q. Which type of toothbrush is the best? Electric or regular?

A. i think that is the most ancient debate of them all ? longer then mankind itself ?. Some people say that, other say this- but the truth is it doesn’t matter. It’s how you use the toothbrush that counts. If used properly even the simplest toothbrush can be satisfying.


A. is this the only symptom? if there are more- i recommend (the second time today!) this site:

you can make a list of the symptoms you have and it'll give you the optional diseases/syndromes

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Andrea Burgalossi worked on the assumption that granule cells which receive electrical impulses can be 'un-silenced' and thus become memory cells.
Unlike other synaptotagmins, Syt IV tunes the triggering command and determines whether the same electrical impulse will let a large or small amount of hormone out of the nerve terminal," said Jackson
One may infer that these two energy and electrical impulses components finally hold the body alive.
One neurologist said that: "smell acts directly on the brain, like a drug." Once the aroma enters the nose, the smell is converted by the cilia (the fine hair inside the nose lining) into electrical impulses that are transmitted through the brain through the olfactory system.
An underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) which can slow the electrical impulses that keep your heart beating.
The DBS device is implanted under the skin in the chest and sends electrical impulses at specific intervals to electrodes in the frontal lobe, much like a pacemaker for the brain.
After flooding them with a substance called Pax7, the researchers further built them into functioning muscle responding to chemical and electrical impulses, reports said.
"By inserting an electrical implant, the patient is able to control the frequency of the electrical impulses via a remote control,'' added Dr al-Yazeedi.
This assessment reviewed the success of the pain management and the intensity of the electrical impulses delivered due to the Dorsal Column Stimulator and allowed us to then insert a permanent electrode,'' explained Dr.
Cardiac arrest is caused by an electrical disturbance in the heart--it happens suddenly, and you'll likely lose consciousness.The heart's pumping ability relies on electrical impulses generated by the sinus node, an area of specialized cells in the right upper chamber (atrium) of your heart.
Once a vaccine is injected, the researchers use a device to generate electrical impulses that create small pores in cells, allowing the DNA to get inside.
As an example, our whole nervous system works on electrical power: electrical impulses lug signals from our mind to our fingers to choose something up.

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