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Opinionated Science Episode 7: The Vagus Nerve: A Target to Treat Brain and Body?

Opinionated Science is Technology Networks’ homemade podcast, where our team of scientists-turned-journalists cut out the chewy jargon and serve up slices of the most fascinating stories from the world of science. Expect a new Opinionated Science every other Friday.

In this episode, we review the evidence surrounding vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), a therapy approved for epilepsy and depression that backers now want to use to treat a host of other conditions, include autoimmune disease and heart failure. How can scientists fill in the gaps in the VNS knowledge base?

Read more from this podcast:

Zanos lab research on anodal block

The history of VNS

VNS as a treatment for depression

Sensate Device

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Meet the Authors
Ash Board PhD
Ash Board PhD
Editorial Director
Ruairi J Mackenzie
Ruairi J Mackenzie
Senior Science Writer