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2009-10-27 16:27:45

Deep brain stimulation may be a safe and effective treatment for Tourette syndrome, according to research published in the October 27, 2009, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. "Our findings hold promise for helping people with severe Tourette syndrome, who are in need of new treatment options to improve their quality of life," said study author Andrea Cavanna, MD, of the University of Birmingham, in the United Kingdom. It is...

2009-04-17 11:35:00

Scientists use optical approach to study deep brain stimulationA research team lead by Karl Deisseroth in the bioengineering department at Stanford University has developed a technique to systematically characterize disease circuits in the brain. By precisely controlling individual components of the circuit implicated in Parkinson's disease, the team has identified a specific group of cells as direct targets of deep brain stimulation (DBS), a Parkinson's treatment.Termed optogenetics, the...

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2009-04-17 08:14:23

Scientists use optical approach to study deep brain stimulation A research team lead by Karl Deisseroth in the bioengineering department at Stanford University has developed a technique to systematically characterize disease circuits in the brain. By precisely controlling individual components of the circuit implicated in Parkinson's disease, the team has identified a specific group of cells as direct targets of deep brain stimulation (DBS), a Parkinson's treatment. Termed optogenetics, the...

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2009-02-04 07:05:00

Scientists are stimulating the brain to find new ways of treating Parkinson's disease; a disease who symptoms include tremors, difficulty moving, and poor balance. Researchers are investigating if deep brain stimulation eases symptoms by allowing sufferers to deliver electrical pulses to electrodes implanted in their brains. The St Andrews University team will study what happens in the head when the electrodes are switched on, and determine if targeting different parts of the brain lessens...

2009-01-19 12:13:00

Researchers in Alabama say electronic deep brain stimulation is effective in both older and younger people who have Parkinson's disease. Researchers at the University of Alabama in Birmingham spent six years studying 255 Parkinson's patients, including older patients who had previously been excluded from such research, The Birmingham (Ala.) News reported Monday. Implanting electrodes to stimulate the brain proved significant for a wide range of patients who no longer responded well to...

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2009-01-07 15:44:56

Researchers said on Tuesday that deep brain stimulation dramatically improves Parkinson's disease symptoms such as trembling and slowness of movement, offering hope to many with the incurable ailment. The study offers the most hopeful news to date for Parkinson's sufferers. The new technique reduced tremors, rigidity and flailing of the limbs and allowed people to move freely for nearly five extra hours a day. The tiny electrical device is implanted surgically in the chest, with wires leading...

2009-01-07 08:33:45

Deep brain stimulation to help reduce tremors and other symptoms in people with Parkinson's disease has some serious side effects, a U.S. study finds. These include infection at the surgical site and cognitive decline, the study of 225 advanced Parkinson's patients at seven U.S. Veterans Affairs hospitals and six university medical centers found. The study, published in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association, also found benefits to the procedure, in which electrodes are...

2008-11-17 09:45:11

A brain procedure that has been used to treat Parkinson's disease patients since the 1980s also shows promise for patients with severe Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). To evaluate the usefulness of deep brain stimulation in the treatment of OCD, researchers selected sixteen patients with severe OCD and treated them with the procedure. After three months of active stimulation, seven out of 10 patients saw 25 percent of their symptoms disappear as measured by the Yale-Brown Obsessive...

2008-10-14 09:00:45

Northstar Neuroscience, Inc. (NASDAQ: NSTR) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted conditional approval of a second clinical study of its Renova(TM) Cortical Stimulation System for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD). With this approval, the Company expects to begin enrolling patients into its PROSPECT II study this quarter, with preliminary results anticipated during the second half of 2009. The PROSPECT II study is a prospective,...

2008-06-26 12:03:20

By Christopher Snowbeck, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jun. 26--csnowbeck@pioneerpress.com St. Jude Medical announced this morning the first patient implants in a study to see whether a brain pacemaker device can help people with a severe form of depression. The patients -- a 59-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man -- received the implantable devices at a hospital in Chicago. Little Canada-based St. Jude's device includes a pulse generator that is implanted near the collarbone and...


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