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It may sound too good to be true but scientists say the technology is promising.

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You need to know how long to stimulate, at what time to stimulate and what intensity to useDr Roy Cohen Kadosh, University of Oxford

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‘Unintended results’But if these devices are used in the wrong way, scientists say they canada goose factory sale could be harmful.

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