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Latest Deep brain stimulation Stories

2011-02-23 17:31:01

Identification of cellular mechanism may lead to novel and effective treatments Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, have identified hyperactive cells in a tiny brain structure that may play an important role in depression. The study, conducted in rats and appearing in the February 24, 2011, issue of Nature, is helping to reveal a cellular mechanism for...

2011-02-18 13:01:49

For patients most severely afflicted with obsessive-compulsive disorder, electrical stimulation of a brain network can rebalance their emotional state, helping them respond to conventional therapy when it never worked before. New long-term results show that patients' improvements remain if the treatment continues. But, as with other OCD treatments, DBS is not a cure and can have side effects. When obsessive-compulsive disorder is of crippling severity and drugs and behavior therapy can't...

2011-01-31 14:18:48

Researchers propose a new target structure for highly effective 'deep brain stimulation' Nearly ten percent of all cases of depression are so severe that the patients do not respond to any established treatment method. Targeted stimulation of areas in the brain using a type of "brain pacemaker" has recently raised hopes: According to initial studies, half of patients with the most severe depression treated in this manner see a significant improvement in mood. Physicians from the University of...

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2011-01-25 10:39:34

Doctors in the UK, using electrical pulses to stimulate nerve centers deep within the brain, report reduced high blood pressure that can't be controlled with medication, WebMD reports. Researchers made the discovery after implanting a device that works as an electric stimulator of a region of the brain in a 55-year-old man who had developed chronic pain on the left side of his body following a stroke. Though his pain eventually returned after four months, his doctors report that their...

2011-01-25 07:52:53

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- About 74.5 million people in the United States ages 20 and older have high blood pressure (hypertension), according to the American Heart Association. What's more, high blood pressure killed 56,561 people in the United States in 2006. It's a serious health risk for many Americans; however, difficult-to-control hypertension could be something of the past thanks to a novel discovery by scientists. In a case study published in this week's Neurology, researchers reported...

2011-01-24 15:41:58

Pioneering neurosurgical treatment, a world first in Bristol, which very accurately targets brain networks involved in depression, could help people who suffer with severe and intractable depression. The research led by Dr Andrea Malizia, Consultant Senior Lecturer in the School of Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol and Mr Nikunj Patel, Senior Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Neurosurgery at North Bristol NHS Trust, are pioneering a number of treatments including...

2011-01-18 14:59:52

Michele Tagliati, M.D., new director of Cedars-Sinai's Movement Disorders Program, says certain disabilities "remain remarkably stable" long-term in treated patients Parkinson's disease symptoms begin subtly and worsen as damage to certain brain cells continues. But an electrical stimulation device implanted deep in the brain and programmed remotely, along with medications, may provide some control of "motor symptoms" common to the disease, such as shaking, stiffness, and loss of muscle...

2011-01-05 14:33:00

NATICK and BOSTON, Mass., Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today announced it has acquired Intelect Medical, Inc., a development-stage company located in Boston. Intelect Medical is developing advanced neuromodulation technologies for deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy. The transaction values Intelect Medical at $78 million with no cash and no debt on its balance sheet. As a result of Boston Scientific's existing equity and debt positions in...

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2010-12-15 07:48:54

Study might provide new clues to designing better treatments for depression and other neuropsychiatric disorders Shooting steady pulses of electricity through slender electrodes into a brain area that controls complex behaviors has proven to be effective against several therapeutically stubborn neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. Now, a new study has found that this technique, called deep brain stimulation (DBS), targets the same class of neuronal cells that are known to respond to...

2010-11-09 07:30:00

NATICK, Mass., Nov. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today announced the first implantation of its Vercise(TM) Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) System as part of the VANTAGE clinical trial. VANTAGE is a multi-center, prospective trial designed to examine the improvement of motor function in approximately 40 European patients implanted with the Vercise DBS System for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. The Vercise Deep Brain Stimulation System is a...