News From The Neuro-Urology Department

The most amazing news to me is there’s such a specialty as neuro-urology. This is like life imitating a dirty joke. The author of Shocking Treatment Helps Erectile Dysfunction, and perhaps even the researchers just can’t seem to help themselves, even though the treatment sounds exciting, er… I mean interesting.

I admire the way researcher Yoram Vardi describes the parameters of the strength of the shockwaves in language the average layman can understand:

“These are very, very low energy shock waves,” Vardi said. Each shockwave applied roughly 100 bar of pressure — some 20 times the air pressure in a bottle of champagne, but less than the pressure exerted by a woman in stiletto heels who weighs 132 lbs. (60 kg). 

“This sort of energy is completely different from what you would get in a massage, although everyone can do what they want,” Vardi said.

This is just perfect material for a Neurotopia Friday Weird Science post.  


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