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This excerpt taken from the ETRM 10-K filed Mar 12, 2009.

The Vagus Nerve and the Digestive System

Beginning in the brain, the vagus nerve travels down alongside the esophagus to the stomach and other gastrointestinal organs and is primarily responsible for autonomic regulation involved in heart, lung and gastrointestinal function. The vagus nerve controls much of the activity of the stomach, intestine and pancreas and plays a role in food processing, including:

expansion of the stomach as food enters;

contractions of the stomach to break food into smaller particles;

release of gastric acid required for food processing;

emptying of the stomach contents into the small intestine;

secretion of digestive pancreatic enzymes that enable absorption of calories; and

controlling sensations of hunger, satisfaction and fullness.

This excerpt taken from the ETRM 10-K filed Mar 13, 2008.

The Vagus Nerve and the Digestive System

Beginning in the brain, the vagus nerve travels down alongside the esophagus to the stomach and other gastrointestinal organs and is primarily responsible for autonomic regulation involved in heart, lung and gastrointestinal function. The vagus nerve controls much of the activity of the stomach, intestine and pancreas and plays a role in food processing, including:

expansion of the stomach as food enters;

contractions of the stomach to break food into smaller particles;

release of gastric acid required for food processing;

emptying of the stomach contents into the small intestine;

secretion of digestive pancreatic enzymes that enable absorption of calories; and

controlling sensations of hunger, satisfaction and fullness.

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