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Experimental Therapy Heightens Sense of Touch

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Experimental Therapy Heightens Sense of Touch

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Experimental Therapy Heightens Sense of Touch

Experimental Therapy Heightens Sense of Touch

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A study published in the latest issue of the journal Science suggests it may be possible to temporarily enhance the sense of touch by combining fingertip stimulation with drug therapy. Researchers say the findings could be used to help elderly people who have lost the ability to perform movements — like shirt buttoning — that require precision. NPR's Jon Hamilton reports.

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