Six morbidly obese people have agreed to participate in a clinical trial with a brain chip that stops them from thinking about food.
The chip, known as the Responsive Neurostimulation System (RNA), was originally developed by medicine technology company NeuroPace to treat people with epilepsy.
Once implanted in the brain, it continuously records brain activity and provides a slight electric shock when it detects a specific pattern of activity that signals the onset of a seizure.
Shock is supposed to stop the attack before it starts.
A recent research study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed that the same technique can be used to suppress binge eating in mice.
Now, scientists at Stanford University want to find out if it can work well in people who suffer from the so-called "loss." of-control eating. "
In the clinical trial, which will run for five years, six participants implant the RNA chip in their brains for at least 18 months.
The chip monitors brain activity For six months, before he turns on the stimulation to determine the pattern of activity that signals the onset of a food-bustle, safe and then hopefully effective.
The scientists emphasize that the procedure is not intended for people who are trying a little