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HEALTH NEWS

NEW TREATMENT FOR ANOREXIA

Implanting electrodes deep in the brain could be a new way to treat severe anorexia, a new study reveals – though experts are cautious about the results. Published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, the research involved 16 women, aged between 21 and 57, who had had anorexia for an average of 18 years and had tried all other available treatments. These women were severely underweight and also at risk of premature death because of the condition.

At the beginning of the study, electrodes were placed in areas of their brains thought to be linked to anorexia. Within months, symptoms of depression and anxiety had improved in some of the participants.

Researchers also looked at brain scans before and after the 12-month period of electrical stimulation and found persistent changes in the areas linked to anorexia. Within a year, a number of the patients had gained weight and the group average BMI had increased by threeand- a-half per cent.

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