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to excite functional activity in a part.
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v. stimu·lated, stimu·lating, stimu·lates
1. To increase temporarily the activity of (a body organ or system, for example).
2. To cause to desire to have sex; arouse sexually.
3. To excite or invigorate (a person, for example) with a stimulant.
To act or serve as a stimulant or stimulus.

stim′u·lat′er, stim′u·la′tor n.
stim′u·lat′ing·ly adv.
stim′u·la′tion n.
stim′u·la′tive, stim′u·la·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē) adj.
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Q. How does a Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit help fibromyalgia. My aunt was suggested to go through TENS. Will that really help? How does a Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit help fibromyalgia?

A. ‘TENS’ units are prescribed for chronic pain sufferers and fibromyalgia patients. What is a tens unit? Tens stands for Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. A tens unit is essentially a stimulation device consisting of electrodes that are attached to the skin, the unit itself, and a battery to provide current. A Tens unit uses electricity to block nerves from sending pain messages.

Q. Can some depression be treated with stimulantes in adults?? I was treated with dextroamphetimins in the 1970's. Why arent they used anymore? I know all of the things about addiction, so I dont need those answers. When the medication was used by me, it worked. My husband is suffereing from depression he has been given all of the "wonder" drugs No results. I hope someone can answer this for me, and for my husbands sake Thank You Shirley

A. Thank you BLars. I am going to talk to my husbands doctor when we have our appointment tomorrow..I get so tired of all of the experts who wont prescribe the right medications because of the abuse potential..CNS Stimulants were used before, and all of us that were on them when we needed them arent worse for wear..I am glad adderall is helping you.Maybe people like us need to speak out, so other patients arent afraid to ask their doctors..Have a great week!!


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We focus on a cross section of the decision rules where the initial notional interest rate equals zero because it produces the largest stimulative effect of forward guidance when the central bank is constrained by the ZLB.
And the political cooperation that will be required to push through such stimulative fiscal measures would signal an important move by Washington away from gridlock and toward concerted fiscal steps to help boost growth and employment.
Each was asked to "think about the music you enjoy listening to and identify music that makes you feel calm and relaxed (sedative), and music that makes you feel energetic and want to move or dance (stimulative).
But in the medium and longer terms, and under favorable conditions, natural disasters can be stimulative (for example, following China's Chengdu earth quake in 2008, Indonesia's Sumatran tsunami in 2004, and South Korea's separation from the North in the 1950s--the latter both a natural and unnatural disaster).
The basic task accomplished in this study was to determine the effects of classical or soft and fast or stimulative music on the duration of the second stage of labor among primigravida or women in their first pregnancy at Cebu City Medical Center.
The good news is that public policymakers are acknowledging the countercyclical nature of human services and the stimulative potential of human service investment.
It said the researchers had wanted to investigate anecdotal wisdom that such scents really did cause positive psychological effects: "It has been empirically known from ancient times that some odorants bring about psychophysiological effects, such as sedative, stimulative, antistress, anti-inflammatory, and anticonvulsant effects; for example, an antidepressant effect is provided by lemon odour and a sleep-enhancing effect by valerian."
To ensure a level of familiarity and cultural appropriateness potential music selections were limited to songs which had featured in the Top 10 of Turkish Music during the previous six months (five tracks judged to be stimulative and five judged to be sedative were selected).
Initiated by the Working Group on Pandemic Influenza Preparedness, of which APHA is a member, the letter predicted the money would create a "stimulative effect by jump-starting domestic pharmaceutical capacity building and mitigating the devastating economic impact of an outbreak." If a flu pandemic hit the United States, the impact could lead to a drop in the gross domestic product of more than 5 percent, leading to a loss of $683 billion, the letter stated.
The broadly based support for major stimulative action cuts across a wide socio-political spectrum.
Professor Patrick Minford, an academic at Cardiff business school, has predicted that the housing market will recover next year as a result of the fiscal policy stimuli and the stimulative activity being undertaken by the Government and central banks.