Implant ‘curbs cravings’
LONDON: Giving up alcohol or smoking could soon be much easier – by using a brain implant which stops cravings.
Scientists are trialling a pioneering technique which involves implanting a tiny programmable device into the brain.
The implant targets the part of the brain responsible for controlling cravings and also helps to reduce levels of stress, which can worsen addictions.
It uses cutting-edge neuro-stimulators designed to enable scientists to “talk” to the brain through electrical stimulation.
Neurosurgeon Dirk De Ridder, of the University of Otago in New Zealand, inserted implants into the brains of six alcoholic patients.
Since surgery, none of the patients has abused alcohol and two had also given up smoking.
The results suggest the implant could also help with obsessive compulsive disorder, which is controlled by the same part of the brain as addictions. – Daily Mail