Deep Brain Stimulation Studied as Last-Ditch Obesity Treatment, Allegheny General Hospital Study

Published: Jun 14, 2013

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The first use of deep brain stimulation to the brain's so-called "feeding center" -- the lateral hypothalamic area (LHA) -- was associated with a weight loss trend in morbidly obese patients whose stimulation was tuned to increase metabolism with novel guidance from metabolic chamber data, according to a pilot study presented at the International Neuromodulation Society's 11th World Congress by Dr. Michael Oh of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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