Scientists to implant brain device in 6 obese people that 'zaps' them in their moment of weakness

Mail Online | 8/13/2019 | Mia De Graaf Health Editor For
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Scientists have devised a brain implant that they hope could switch off the urge to over-eat.

And they want to test it on obese people struggling to curb that compulsion.

Team - Stanford - University - Mice - Ate

The team at Stanford University has demonstrated that obese, binge-eating mice ate 60 percent less fatty food after being implanted with the responsive neurostimulation system (RNS) - which was first developed to treat epilepsy.

The device targets the nucleus accumbens brain region, which controls the survivalist urges for food and sex.

Author - Casey - Halpern - MD - Technique

Lead author Casey Halpern, MD, is quite confident that this technique holds huge potential for controlling humans' worst instincts - be it a danger to ourselves (binge-eating) or to other (sexual predation).

And finally, after years of work on rodents, he hopes to deliver an answer.

Team - People - Options

The team is recruiting six people who have run out of options.

They need to have undergone gastric bypass surgery and either did not lose weight or put the weight back on, despite the invasive treatment to restrict the size of their stomachs and other treatments, such as therapy.

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