By On March 18th, 2013

New Treatment Option For Anorexia

Anorexia has a shockingly high death rate associated with it and seems to be steadily growing with incidents each year. That’s why research and improved treatment options are so vital. Recently, research suggested that deep brain stimulation may improve body weight, mood and anxiety in patients with chronic, severe anorexia nervosa, which can be resistan to other treatments.

In the treatment, electrodes are placed in the part of the brain responsible for emotions and depression. This treatment grew from the observation that patients with anorexia have structual and functional differences in certain parts of their brains than those without anorexia.

The study referenced by Alexa Giorgi at Futurity only involved six patients, but the results certainly call for more research into the possibility of using deep brain stimulation more widely.

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