Latest Deep brain stimulation Stories

Researchers Experimenting With Electronic Brain Stimulation Techniques
2012-06-04 03:39:02

Despite the fact that it has been vilified by some in the past, scientists are experimenting with various types of electrical brain stimulation, hoping that some day it will not only be able to treat a wide array of disorders but also enhance a person's cognitive abilities. In a June 2 article, Kerri Smith of the Observer focuses on several different varieties of such treatments, including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), and deep...

2012-05-08 09:40:00

Small phase I study suggests 'brain pacemaker' could slow progression of AD A study on a handful of people with suspected mild Alzheimer's disease (AD) suggests that a device that sends continuous electrical impulses to specific "memory" regions of the brain appears to increase neuronal activity. Results of the study using deep brain stimulation, a therapy already used in some patients with Parkinson's disease and depression, may offer hope for at least some with AD, an intractable disease...

Electrodes Implanted In The Brain Could Cure Depression
2012-04-16 12:13:21

A new and radical breakthrough procedure may help doctors treat depression in their patients with the use of electrodes. Implanting electrodes in the brains of patients who suffer depression has been shown to be very effective, but is only recommended for patients who found no help with prescription medications. Now, after years of positive results from early field trials, Helen Mayberg, the neurologist pioneering this new treatment, is seeking FDA approval. The treatment is known as...

2012-04-04 20:52:14

Bonn scientists prove that deep brain stimulation also has long-lasting effects People with severe depression are constantly despondent, lacking in drive, withdrawn and no longer feel joy. Most suffer from anxiety and the desire to take their own life. Approximately one out of every five people in Germany suffers from depression in the course of his/her life — sometimes resulting in suicide. People with depression are frequently treated with psychotherapy and medication. "However,...

2012-03-27 10:43:08

Deep brain stimulation allows surgeons to control tremors with brain ℠pacemaker´ For nearly 30 years, Tom Rogers´ left hand would shake when he tried to use it, making even simple tasks such as drinking a glass of water, writing a check, or making a sandwich challenging. The tremor eventually became so disruptive that he lost use of his dominant hand. Rogers sought care and learned that his tremor was a symptom of Parkinson´s disease, yet felt he was suffering from...

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