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2006-08-30 17:05:26

By Gene Emery BOSTON (Reuters) - Electrical impulses delivered to two areas of the brain that control movement alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson's disease more effectively than drugs alone, according to a study in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine. About 1 million people in the United States suffer from Parkinson's, a movement disorder that makes limbs rigid and can produce body tremors. Drugs help keep the symptoms at bay, but not completely, and not always over the long...

2006-02-23 16:54:20

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dr. David Heydrick does not tremble anymore. His pain is gone and he even threw a fast pitch to his son the other day. He credits surgery to implant an electronic stimulator in his brain, along with a common-sense regimen that includes regular vigorous exercise, plenty of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, and relaxation. "I skied two weeks ago," Heydrick said in an interview on Thursday -- an astonishing...

2005-06-27 07:48:53

By Patricia Reaney LONDON (Reuters) - Patients suffering from severe depression who have not responded to other treatments may be helped by deep brain stimulation, researchers said on Monday. The treatment, which is like a pacemaker for the brain, uses electrodes implanted in the brain to switch off or interrupt electrical circuits linked to depression. In four out of six patients who failed on all other treatments, deep brain stimulation relieved their depression. "Patients would...

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2005-06-27 12:45:55

LONDON -- Patients suffering from severe depression who have not responded to other treatments may be helped by deep brain stimulation, researchers said on Monday. The treatment, which is like a pacemaker for the brain, uses electrodes implanted in the brain to switch off or interrupt electrical circuits linked to depression. In four out of six patients who failed on all other treatments, deep brain stimulation relieved their depression. "Patients would experience an immediate shutdown of a...