• The vagus nerve links the brain to such major organs as the heart and lungs.

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  • If you ever believed your mind could make you healthier then that could also be your vagus nerve.

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  • Studies suggest that the vagus nerve is a key conduit for the stomach to tell the brain when it is satiated.

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  • He theorized that the pain-dulling effect also owed to feedback from the lungs back up through the vagus nerve to the brain.

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  • But the vagus nerve doesn't target all areas of the brain, so some severe disorders, such as advanced Parkinson's, may require Medtronic's more invasive deep-brain stimulation method.

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  • By connecting leads from Cyberonics' nerve stimulator to extensions of the vagus nerve near the stomach, Roslin hopes to amplify the "I'm full" signal in obese patients, so that they don't overeat.

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  • There is evidence from other studies that good gut bacteria support positive mood too in part because of their effect on the vagus nerve and suggestions that antibiotics dampen this effect.

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  • Common causes of vocal cord paralysis include viral infections, along with tumors or cancers that can compress the recurrent laryngeal nerve, a branch of the vagus nerve (which provides specific innervation to the heart as well as other vital internal organs).

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  • Among the more promising is Cyberonics' vagus-nerve stimulation approach, pioneered by Jacob Zabara, its scientific founder who's a retired Temple University physiologist.

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