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Countdown to Medicine X: Turning to emerging technologies to relieve stress, anxiety and PTSD

In anticipation of the inaugural Stanford Medicine X conference this Sept. 28-30, I'll be highlighting some of the research being presented during the three-day event.

Among the exciting range of speakers presenting in the research, practice and business tracks is CNN contributor Amanda Enayati. She will be exploring research showing how neurofeedback, biofeedback and virtual therapists may be able to relieve stress and, potentially, treat post-traumatic stress disorders. As she explains in her presentation abstract:

Stress often plays out on the frontiers of medicine, with its reach extending from neuropsychiatric disorders like depression, anxiety and addiction, to chronic and degenerative diseases like heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

We have grown accustomed to media stories about "technostress" the ways in which technology bedevils us. (I myself recently wrote a story about the potentially pernicious effects of social media on young people's self and body image.) And yet the relationship between technology and stress is far more complex - and hopeful - than many might assume.

While fast-emerging technologies strike some as an indifferent and demanding slavemaster, they also have an equal - and perhaps greater - capacity to serve as savior by blazing innovative paths toward better health and well-being.

For more information on the conference or to register, visit the Medicine X conference website.

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