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Common epilepsy treatment to be used for bulimia nervosa

s which originally led to the initiation of the disorder and which, if not re-structured, may result in future relapses."

A previous study conducted by the University of Minnesota published in The Lancet in March 2000 indicated that voluntary binge eating and vomiting early on in bulimia progressively stimulates the vagus nerve at higher intensities. Eventually, the vagus nerve spontaneously fires at this higher intensity. In this study, Zofran, a drug clinically used to modulate vagal activity, was found to be successful in dramatically reducing bulimic symptoms. VNS will provide enhanced ability to regulate vagus nerve activity, thereby allowing the individual to regain control over her disordered eating.


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Contact: Ashley Burt
ashleyb@umn.edu
612-624-2449
University of Minnesota
24-Feb-2004


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