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Stomach pacemaker may curb appetite

A new device that acts like a pacemaker for your stomach may be able to curb your appetite.

March 3, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A new device that acts like a pacemaker for your stomach may be able to trick your body into thinking it's full.

The device, which is currently in clinical trials in Europe, works like a heart pacemaker.

It sends out electrical pulses to the brain that kick in just after eating. These messages notify the body that it is full after consuming a small amount of food.

One person in the study said it makes him feel full after eating just half of his meal.

The long term effectiveness of the device is not yet known.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.