Frozen “hungry nerve” helps to lose weight

A preliminary US clinical study shows that freezing the nerve to the brain by sending starvation signals to reduce the intensity of signal transmission may help obesity patients lose weight.

The team of interventional radiologist Plo Lo Gore of Emory University School of Medicine published a research paper on the 21 annual meeting of the American Society of interventional radiology at 2018 annual meeting. Their preliminary research shows that the weight loss therapy is safe and feasible.

The researchers injected needles into the back of the patient. Under the guidance of CT (computed tomography) technology, argon was used to freeze the nerve called the posterior vagal nerve. This nerve is at the bottom of the esophagus, the stomach will be informed of the brain.

10 subjects with body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 37 underwent a 90 day trial. At the end of the treatment, all the people reported that their appetite decreased, their average weight decreased by 3.6%, and the body mass index decreased by 14%. No complications were found during the treatment, so far no adverse events occurred.

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