Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been a therapeutic option, but mostly an experimental one, for a number of neurological conditions. While electrically stimulating the brain offers great possibilities in medicine, besides watching for changes in patients’ symptoms it has been difficult to analyze what effect DBS has on the brain. Show More Summary
Wireless Instantaneous Neurotransmitter Concentration Sensing System (WINCS) Patient Module printed circuit board & sterilizable case. (Fig. 1, Kimble et al. 2009). Last month, the New York Times reported that the Defense Advanced Research...Show More Summary
Boston Scientific has received expanded indication approval for its Vercise Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) System in Europe. Previously indicated only for Parkinson’s patients, the Vercise can now be used to treat intractable primary and...Show More Summary
The University of Kentucky is the first to conduct a trial of regenerative treatment strategy for Parkinson's disease. The trial combines the deep brain stimulation procedure with grafting of a patient's peripheral nerve tissue into the brain, anticipating that the nerve graft will allow the brain to heal itself. Show More Summary
Deep brain stimulation therapy has offered hope to Martin Cruz Smith, the acclaimed author of taut thrillers like “Gorky Park,” who hid his diagnosis of Parkinson’s for years, fearing judgment and pity.
In what appears to be an exclusive story, the New York Times has reported that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will spend $70 million over the next 5 years to further develop and improve deep brain stimulation (DBS) techniques. Show More Summary
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced Thursday that it intended to spend more than $70 million over five years to jump to the next level of brain implants.
Electrically stimulating a key region deep in the brain improves locomotion in rats with spinal cord injuries
I've written a piece in today's health pages about deep brain stimulation (DBS) treatment for depression, in which electrodes are placed at specific points in a patient's brain, attached to a battery in the chest: it acts, roughly speaking, as a pacemaker for the brain, regulating the hyperactive "sadness" circuits. It's a fascinating and promising [...]
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical procedure that involves placing a neurostimulator in the brain which sends out electrical impulses to specific regions of the brain. The electrical impulses are sent out to block abnormal signals that can cause a number of different neurological disorders. Show More Summary
By EP Vantage: The first of Medtronic's (MDT) Activa line of deep brain stimulation (DBS) devices gained FDA approval in 1997 and since then the field has expanded hugely. This expansion could now accelerate following the start of U.S. Show More Summary
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) implants are drastically improving the lives of thousands of those with Parkinson’s, essential tremor, and other neurological disorders. Although already pretty incredible in their abilities, these are usually...Show More Summary
Cancer, movement disorders, deep brain stimulation, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, and more are topics of interest on this month's tipsheet from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Deep brain stimulation therapy blocks or modulates electrical signals in the brain to improve symptoms in patients suffering from movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease, essential tremor and dystonia, but a new study suggests that several factors may cause electrical current to vary over time. Show More Summary
LOS ANGELES (July 11, 2013) – Deep brain stimulation therapy blocks or modulates electrical signals in the brain to improve symptoms in patients suffering from movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease, essential tremor and dystonia, but a new study suggests that several factors may cause electrical current to vary over time. read more
The July Tipsheet from Cedars-Sinai includes research news about deep brain stimulation surgery for dystonia, prostate cancer, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, corneal blindness, brain cancer, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, cardiology and more.
This amazing video demonstrates the effect of deep brain stimulation (DBS), a surgical treatment of disorders like Parkinson’s where transmitters are implanted in the brain and operated via remote: Essentially, DBS is a brain pacemaker. Its job is to ameliorate the abnormal firing of neurons that underlies Parkinson’s, essential tremor, and so on. In preparation […]
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) has proven to be a remarkable success for the treatment of many movement disorders. A dramatic video below shows what happens to Andrew “Cyber-AJ” Johnson just seconds after he turns off his medtronic DBS unit. Show More Summary
See the effect of the surgery, when people with Parkinson's turn their electrodes off.