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Dig this. British doctors have invented a new way to treat angina: Vibrating pants. Angina, of course, occurs when the body’s circulation becomes so weak that the heart doesn’t get enough blood. That’s where the pants come in. As the BBC reports:

When the heart is resting the cuffs inflate and then deflate again just before each heart beat.

The sequential inflation and deflation of the cuffs increases blood flow to the heart and encourages tiny new blood vessels to grow around the blocked arteries to feed the heart.

Quite apart from whether this treatment works, I wanted to blog it because it’s just so purely awesome to be able to type the phrase vibrating pants.

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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