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The common view that nerves transmit impulses through electricity is wrong and they really transmit sound, according to a team of Danish scientists.
According to the traditional explanation of molecular biology, an electrical pulse is sent from one end of the nerve to the other with the help of electrically charged salts that pass through ion channels and a membrane that sheathes the nerves. That membrane is made of lipids and proteins.
Heimburg and Jackson theorize that sound propagation is a
The researchers could not immediately be reached for comment.
Originally posted by a1ex
Oh yes I forgot the part that scared me:
Oddly, scientists don't understand exactly what happens when a patient is anesthetized. While the goal of an anesthetic is to prevent the brain from feeling pain, the drugs can affect a patient's heart rate and breathing. So a better understanding of how it all works would allow development of better drugs.
Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
The mechanism of many drugs are not understood. If you look in the Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR), you will find that this is clearly stated in the material provided for such drugs.