Home > Newsletters > Daily: Love or hate Earth Hour? > Daily Dose: Rare flesh-eating bacteria kill boy within days > Health-in-Motion 12 October 2017 Mortally afraid of spiders? There may be a solution to that. Mortally afraid of spiders? There may be a solution to that. A team of US scientists has recently come up with a new treatment to selectively eradicate specific phobias related to bad memories by weakening the connections between the nerve cells in the brain which cause such memories to develop in the first place. Using a technique called optogenetics to reduce the connection between neurons, they were able to manipulate the trigger mechanisms of phobias by suppressing bad memories that are detrimental in people’s everyday lives, while retaining positive memories. 0 More: Daily Dose: Rare flesh-eating bacteria kill boy within daysHealth-in-Motion advertisement Other news Lifestyle 7 shocking things your first period can tell you about your health Lifestyle Should you squat on a public toilet to avoid germs? Fitness 5 new rules of super strength Fitness The 10 best yoga poses for men Medical 7 celebs with rare diseases Lifestyle ‘I slept on a yoga mat for 7 days – here’s what happened to my body’ From our sponsors Managing diabetes in the workplace Back-to-school with diabetes Live healthier Effects on your brain? » 5 ways to get more seafood into your diet Mercury in fish may raise ALS risk Is it bad for your brain if you literally never eat fish? Calling all grown-ass picky eaters! Eeewwww! » ‘Why is my cough worse at night?’ SEE: When you cough, this is what happens to your body Can you get sick if someone coughs on you? The fine saliva mist emitted by a cough remains suspended in the air for up to 10 minutes.