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EARLY signs of disease could be detected while you sleep, thanks to the latest exciting invention.

Scientists at the Globartis Centre for Progress in Cambridge have been working on correlations between dream patterns and health problems.

With new-generation cerebro-technology now able to record the audio-visual electric brain images that play in our heads while we slumber, a whole new field of analysis has opened up.

Monitoring of volunteers over a period of five years has enabled them to trace back tell-tale dream warnings of illnesses to a period before any symptoms, let alone a medical diagnosis, was in evidence.

Explained Dr Walter Muller of the GCP: “In one instance, a subject developed a kidney complaint during the period of observation.

“By referring back to our data on his subconscious history, we noted an abnormally high proportion of dreaming related to mountains and other high places, such as towers.

“We then picked out other volunteers with similar dream patterns and conducted rigorous tests to identify any existent or latent kidney problems.

“We were frankly amazed by the extent of the correlation and encouraged by our findings to identify and analyse other patterns.

“We are now fairly certain, for example, of a link between dreams invoking childhood memories and the onset of heart disease and there is every reason to believe that the danger of stomach cancer could be highlighted by a propensity to have dreams concerning aviation and cloud formations.

“We have no idea why these links should be there - as scientists we can merely note and exploit their occurence.”

Dr Mueller said the dream patterns would undoubtedly also prove useful in identifying otherwise undetectable mental problems, such as a potential for anti-social or terrorist behaviour.

But this breakthrough was dependent, he stressed, on government and public support for his team’s history-making efforts.

He said: “The problem we have at present is that our volunteers only represent a narrow segment of the community.

“Financial incentives for wider participation would be one way forward that we would ask the government to consider.

“Ultimately, though, I think we are going to have to look at universal, compulsory dream monitoring with permanent connections to a central analytical database capable of issuing early warning messages to the relevant authorities in healthcare, social services or law enforcement.”


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