Ackland says that he and his colleagues agree that the vagus nerve is important.
Nobody should overpromise that the vagus nerve is the secret to everything," he says.
Caption: Tamp it down The vagus nerve detects inflammation or infection in the body and relays signals from the brain stem along its southbound fibers.
Caption: Implanted vagus nerve stimulators send electricity from a generator in the chest to the nerve in the neck.
People with intractable epilepsy and their families should ask their epilepsy team about the possibility of using a vagus nerve stimulator to help control their seizures.
If the vagus nerve stimulator is worsening swallowing difficulties during eating, it can be turned off during meals by taping the magnet over it.
That your son or daughter has had surgery to implant a vagus nerve stimulator to reduce the frequency and severity of their seizures.
If your child has a tendency to wave his or her arm in front of the chest, don't put the magnet on the wrist, as each time the arms are waved, it may activate their vagus nerve stimulator.