Deep brain stimulation helps anorexia

Surgeons have found yet another use for deep brain stimulation — helping patients with anorexia to gain weight.

Three out of six women with chronic anorexia nervosa gained and achieved a stable weight within nine months of having electrodes permanently inserted into the subcallosal cingulate, which regulates mood.

The women in the pilot study, published Thursday in the Lancet (online), had had severe anorexia for an average of 18 years, all