Research is being conducted on Vagus Nerve Stimulation working to treat anxiety, cravings, and pain.
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Question: What is the latest research in Vagus Nerve Stimulation? Mark S. George: So, we said that the vagus nerve is this information super highway and it is how I know whether I'm hungry or not. It's how I know, whether I'm in pain or not. Its how I know, whether I'm anxious or not I am in shorter breath. So theoretically, if we could change that signal, I could make myself not hungry, not anxious, not in pain. And so we have being exploring whether, VNS might have utility in some of those areas. We are also interested in whether we could have a quick measurement of is the device working? And so we have been exploring with whether the VNS, in different settings can change anxiety or pain, or actually craving. And we have, so far hit on the lot of them. We have VNS on versus off will change your craving for food. We just did a study in patients and when the device is on versus off, people craved different foods. What's more interesting to me is that, when the device is on and firing, your pain threshold changes. You will tolerate actually less of a painful situation when that device is firing in your neck. Even though, you don't know whether it's on or not. So we can acutely change your pain threshold.