Learn about the risks of Stun guns on assailants and the risks of high red meat consumption on your body in this medical report.
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Dr. Kelly Schweitzer: This is Insidermedicine in 60. From Toronto - According to research in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, stun guns could cause seizures. In an investigation of an incident involving a police officer who received a shock to the head from a Taser, researchers found that, under certain conditions, the devices may cause cerebral complications such as seizures. Until now, most reports have focused on complications associated with shocks to the chest. From Australia - According to research in the American Journal of Epidemiology, considerable red meat consumption may increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration. In a study of over 6,700 older patients, researchers found that those who ate red meat ten times per week were almost 50% more likely to develop AMD, compared to those who ate it less than five times per week. Finally from North Carolina - According to research in the Journal Science, electrical stimulation of the spinal cord may show promise for the treatment of Parkinson's. In a study of rats, researchers found that those who underwent mild electrical stimulation of the spinal cord regained a significant degree of motor control. This research could lead to a less invasive alternative to deep brain stimulation. For Insidermedicine in 60, I am Dr. Kelly Schweitzer.