How To Treat Bunions
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A bunion is a deformity that is mainly made up of a lateral deviation of the great toe which enlarges due to a tissue or a bone. It is a serious foot problem. These are formed within the foot and not on the surface of the foot. An arthritic condition and  a result of bone degeneration it is found as  a lump on the outside portion of the big toe. Bunions are seen near the joint of the toe and sometimes  [...]

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Can Electrodes Drilled Into The Brain Assist In Weight Loss?

Submitted by on August 7, 2009 – 10:30 amNo Comment

How far can you go in an attempt to lose flab, fraught enough to have your brain drilled with electrodes? Well, that the newest advancement to combating obesity now under testing. With the experts cautioning about the obesity wave riding high, many pharmaceutical companies and medics are constantly evolving novel ways and means to deal with overweight issues.

Prescription medicines have been the latest line of treatment with tablets like Alli been administered that work by decreasing the quantity of fat absorption in the body. There are lot more people opting for gastric banding operation that re-structures the stomach so that people eat lesser.

But the radical advancement in US to inhibit obesity called Deep Brain Stimulation or DBS literally takes the cake. In this treatment, electrodes are inserted into the brain to convey tiny spurts of electricity that modify the eating behaviour of the person. Though DBS is currently the treatment given for disorders related to movement like dystonia and Parkinson’s disease wherein it functions by inhibiting the nerve signals that cause seizures.

DBS now is used to combat obesity by targeting the hypothalamus area of the brain that chiefly controls food craving, thus giving the person an illusion of fullness. The U.S. Government consented trial approach that has completed three years involves holes being drilled into the skull into which the electrodes are implanted connected to wires that are supplied across the brain surface to a mini battery beneath the skin in the collarbone area.

The operation is conducted using local anaesthesia wherein the doctors position the electrodes in the correct place with the guidance of the patient’s reactions that involve asking if they experience fullness.

The procedure is been carried out on two individuals with positive outcomes and both are consuming lesser food and losing weight. Though, there is a slight risk factor associated with the procedure involving heart stroke and death.

This procedure helps keep off the weight which in many other methods like gastric banding is not possible. Many experts are questioning the effectiveness of this procedure vouching it as the last option when nothing else works.

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