Article Summary By Michael Estlack, Director of Connectivity
Addiction can be deadly and can have very detrimental effects on one’s life. What if a brain implant could help to eradicate the disease? According to Dr. Casey Halpern, an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the Stanford University Medical Center, a brain implant might be the answer for those challenged with destructive impulsive behaviors, such as using drugs or drinking addictively, and symptoms of depression. While observing mice that gorged themselves on food, Halpern and his colleagues noticed a pattern of electrical activity that occurred before these mice ate. This electrical activity acted as an anticipatory reaction right before the overindulgence.
So how would the implant work?
The implant would be placed in the nucleus accumbens, where a 10-second shock would occur. What researchers found was that this drastically reduced the later food intake.
What about humans?
To answer this question, researchers observed a man who already had a brain implant to control his OCD behaviors. They observed the same electrical activity occurring in his brain as they did in mice. These researchers hope that we will one day find a cure for those dealing with similar challenges.
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To read the full article, check it out here: https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/scientists-say-brain-implant-may-be-key-beating-addiction-ncna835051
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