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Can Virtual Reality Help Fight the Opioid Crisis?

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Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles has found an unconventional way to treat chronic pain - virtual reality programs designed by the company Applied VR. The VR experiences “hijack” the brains of patients, drastically reducing their perception of pain. In the latest episode of Superhuman, we look at the technology and meet patients benefiting from it. Dr. Brennan Speigel, the director of health services research at Cedars Sinai and Matthew Stoudt, CEO of Applied VR talk with us about how the technology works and the role it can have in fighting the opioid crisis.
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Do you believe this can be an effective remedy? Why or why not?
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That is amazing!! I love how he related VR to meditation and it can change the mindset of patients. Very inspiring work and I hope to come across how VR is changing lives in the future. GREAT JOB!!
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It reminds me of Sword Art Online with Yuuki , where she had aids and is in constant pain so they introduced her to VR to help ease the pain.
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This is exactly why I want to learn how to develop experiences to share vis VR and AR! Giving people hope where they’ve lost it!
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These doctors understand the healing potential of VR to treat the mind. I saw it too, so I made an investment even before I saw it to help people suffering depression . I could not agree more with it.
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How long does the pain relief last after removing the device?
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It also made me think of bed-bound patients in nursing homes with only TV and meals for distraction.
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I don't believe VR can take a patient pain away but yes help him to stop focusing on it so the pain is reduced... see what they say after minute 5"the most amazing thing I realized after using VR is that I could take my mind off the pain", this is a very interesting concept I think.
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These patients can work a full day with this headset right? They can still provide for their family and be a productive member of society while wearing this? Yeah didn't think so.
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Same concept of Medicuboid in Sword Art Online where they use Full Drive to Yuuki an HIV born patient.
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I like the expression: “I’d pee on a spark plug if I thought it would help” meaning, we need to try many things that prove efficacy.
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It obviously has limitless benefits once you put it on your head, however, what happens when you realize you are still stuck in real world after being in VR world. Is it gonna be another addiction?
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What is the long term effect on the eyes?
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It's completely false that if you take one day of opioids that you'll be"dependent" up to a year later. That literally defies what drug dependence means.
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The mentality that “ some new intervention is not going to work” is a million miles away from a null hypothesis. Any form of null hypothesis must at least generate a model of what things would look like if the proposed intervention did or did not work. A well designed experiment would also show is the opposite intervention actually made the presenting problem better or worse.
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