Deep brain stimulation may be treatment for binge eating disorder

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A well-timed jolt of high-frequency electricity to a region of the brain implicated in food cravings appears to tamp down the impulses at the heart of binge eating disorder, researchers report. Out-of-control eating that causes shame, regret or health problems is psychiatry’s most recently recognized eating disorder. It’s thought to affect as many as 5% of American adults, most — but not all — of whom are obese. While talk therapy and the ADHD medication Vyvanse are offered as treatments, the condition doesn’t always yield readily to either. In a feasibility study that involved just two patien…

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