Use of Deep Brain Stimulation Offers Promise For Surgical Treatments

by Bidita Debnath on  April 30, 2013 at 11:36 PM Research News
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Researchers revealed that deep brain stimulation (DBS) in the form of high-frequency stimulation (HFS) of the nucleus accumbens shell (AcbSh) in alcoholic rats consistently reduced alcohol consumption in the animals.
 Use of Deep Brain Stimulation Offers Promise For Surgical Treatments
Use of Deep Brain Stimulation Offers Promise For Surgical Treatments

And that the AcbSh could be a target in the future for surgical intervention of addiction. The researchers revealed it during the 81st American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Scientific Meeting

Researchers used alcohol-preferring (P) rats as an animal model for alcoholism, with the study assessing whether HFS of the AcbSh in P rats would affect their alcohol consumption. For the study, rats underwent 10 weeks of daily one-hour access to EtOH to establish alcoholism.

Source: Newswise

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