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Brain eating disorders

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You've probably heard about stimulating the brain to reduce epileptic seizures, well now, researchers at the University of Toronto are finding that may also work to help patients control severe eating disorders.      

In 20 patients so far, researchers used magnetic pulses to stimulate specific areas of the brain linked to self-control, emotions and behavior.        

1/3 of the patients showed an 80 to 100% improvement in their bingeing and purging behaviors, and nearly half had a 50% improvement.        

Anorexia and bulimia affect more than eight million people in North America.

This study was led by researchers at University of Toronto and presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

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