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Enhancement of Cognitive Processing by Multiple Sclerosis Patients Using Liquid Cooling Technology: A Case StudyCognitive dysfunction is a common symptom in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). This can have a significant impact on the quality of life of both the patient and of their primary care giver. This case study explores the possibility that liquid cooling therapy may be used to enhance the cognitive processing of MS patients in the same way that it provides temporary relief of some physical impairment. Two MS patients were presented a series of pattern discrimination tasks before and after being cooled with a liquid cooling garment for a one hour period. The subject whose ear temperature was reduced during cooling showed greater electroencephalographic (EEG) activity and scored much better on the task after cooling. The patient whose ear temperature was unaffected by cooling showed less EEG activity and degraded performance after the one hour cooling period.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Ames Research Center
Document Type
Montgomery, Leslie D.
(Lockheed Martin Engineering and Sciences Co. Moffett Field, CA United States)
Montgomery, Richard W.
(Management Analytics, Inc. Corvallis, OR United States)
Ku, Yu-Tsuan
(Lockheed Martin Engineering and Sciences Co. Moffett Field, CA United States)
Luna, Bernadette
Date Acquired
August 20, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1997
Subject Category
Aerospace Medicine
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 199-61-00
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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