Scientists to implant brain device in 6 obese people that 'zaps' them in their ...

Could a brain chip prevent binge-eating? Scientists launch trial to implant device in 6 obese people that 'zaps' them in their moment of weakness The responsive neurostimulation system (RNS) was first developed to treat epilepsy But Dr Casey Halpern of Stanford University found it could be used to target the brain region that controls our urge for food and sex He showed that it drove mice to binge-eat 60% less fatty foods Now he is recruiting 6 obese people to try the implant 

By Mia De Graaf Health Editor For

Published: 22:29 BST, 13 August 2019 | Updated: 22:29 BST, 13 August 2019


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.

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.

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). 


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