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2011-09-21 12:15:32

Animal study suggests deep brain stimulation improves memory Stimulating a specific region of the brain leads to the production of new brain cells that enhance memory, according to an animal study in the September 21 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. The findings show how deep brain stimulation (DBS) – a clinical intervention that delivers electrical pulses to targeted areas of the brain – may work to improve cognition. "DBS has been quite effective for the treatment of...

2011-09-08 15:14:08

The discovery that low-intensity, pulsed ultrasound can be used to noninvasively stimulate intact brain circuits holds promise for engineering rapid-response medical devices. The team that made that discovery, led by William "Jamie" Tyler, an assistant professor with the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, has now produced an in-depth article detailing this approach, which may one day lead to first-line therapies in combating life-threatening epileptic seizures. Status epilepticus...

2011-08-16 20:59:31

While relatively new treatment for Parkinson's disease, other movement disorders gains acceptance, its timing is key and it is not appropriate for all patients, researchers say While deep brain stimulation has gained recognition by referring physicians as a treatment for Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders, just half of the patients they recommend are appropriate candidates to begin this relatively new therapy immediately, researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles...

2011-08-15 06:39:02

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- One decade after receiving implants that stimulate areas of their brains, patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) appear to sustain improvement in motor function, although part of the initial benefit wore off mainly because of progressive loss of benefit in other functions, according to this study. Several previous clinical studies have shown deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus (STN-DBS) for PD to be effective and safe. Studies have shown that the...

2011-08-08 19:47:47

One decade after receiving implants that stimulate areas of their brains, patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) appear to sustain improvement in motor function, although part of the initial benefit wore off mainly because of progressive loss of benefit in other functions, according to a report published Online First by Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. According to background information in the article, several previous clinical studies have shown deep brain...

2011-08-04 06:00:00

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NeuroSigma, Inc., a Los Angeles-based medical device company, today provided an update in response to substantial interest and inquiries generated by a National Public Radio (NPR) news story which aired July 27, 2011 on the use of non-invasive Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation (TNS) for the treatment of drug-resistant epilepsy. (http://www.npr.org/2011/07/27/138619259/new-device-reduces-seizures-no-surgery-required). Dr. Christopher DeGiorgio, a...

2011-07-21 13:13:10

Neurologist Michele Tagliati, MD, director of the Movement Disorders Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, served on an elite international task force commissioned by the Movement Disorder Society to provide insights and guidance on deep brain stimulation for dystonia, an uncommon condition that causes sustained, sometimes crippling muscle contractions. The resulting articles, describing the data reviewed and outlining the group's conclusions, recommendations and points to be addressed in...

2011-07-05 07:00:00

LOS ANGELES, July 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NeuroSigma, a Los Angeles-based neuromodulation company, today announced that a recent Phase I clinical trial revealed that external Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation (eTNS(TM)) increased regional cerebral blood flow in brain regions associated with depression and mood regulation. eTNS(TM) was shown to be a potential therapy for depression, with significant reductions in depression severity during the 8-week adjunctive treatment period. These...

2011-06-30 01:42:39

Using a combination of genetic engineering and laser technology, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have manipulated brain wiring responsible for reward-seeking behaviors, such as drug addiction. The work, conducted in rodent models, is the first to directly demonstrate the role of these specific connections in controlling behavior. The UNC study, published online on June 29, 2011, by the journal Nature, uses a cutting-edge technique called "optogenetics" to tweak...


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