Department of Health written question – answered on 16th January 2015.

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Photo of David Simpson David Simpson Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of recent research on the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis carried out by Professor Paul-Peter Tak of the Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Department is aware of the research undertaken by Professor Paul-Peter Tak examining vagus nerve stimulation to reduce symptoms in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The early findings of a small study involving 20 patients with RA have been promising, but further research will be needed in order to properly understand the effectiveness of this intervention.

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