For the 15% of American adults who suffer from frequent indigestion or functional dyspepsia, a new, non-invasive treatment may provide some relief. Respiratory-gated Auricular Vagal Afferent Nerve Stimulation (RAVANS), a form of taVNS, delivers short pulses of painless electrical current to the vagus nerve in tune with respiratory rhythms. The device can modulate the stomach's response to food ingestion, which is often impaired in those with functional dyspepsia.
Non-invasive auricular transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (atVNS), applied to an accessible area of the ear, improves memory in mouse models of intellectual disability.
Non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation reduces inflammation and improves symptoms for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. The simulation technique helps inhibit the production of cytokines and reduces inflammatory response.
Vagus nerve stimulation coupled with physical therapy following a stroke can significantly help to boost motor skill recovery, researchers report.
Researchers have been able to restore consciousness to a patient who has been in a vegetative state for 15 years. The groundbreaking study utilized vagus nerve stimulation to help restore consciousness to the patient.
Researchers report successfully reducing depressive symptoms in some patients using a non-invasive form of vagus nerve stimulation.
Using VNS tone therapy is safe and has brought some significant improvement to some tinnitus sufferers, a new study reports.
Researchers report on full recovery of forelimb strength in rats after a stroke by using vagus nerve stimulation.