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Cedars-Sinai Medical Tipsheet for July 2014

A siimple eye test that may help detect Alzheimer's disease early on, 3-D computer modeling for Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy for dystonia, an experimental biological pacemaker and more are story ideas included in the July tipsheet from Cedars-Sinai.

Scientists discover the on-off switch for human consciousness deep within the brain

Researchers at GWU are reporting that they've discovered the human consciousness on-off switch, deep within the brain. When this specific region of the brain, called the claustrum, is electrically stimulated, consciousness appears to turn off completely. Show More Summary

Scientists Accidentally Discover The Brain's Consciousness "Off Switch"

3 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

While performing deep brain surgery on a woman with epilepsy, neuroscientists from George Washington University stimulated an area of her brain that unexpectedly — and temporarily — caused her to lose consciousness. It's a discovery that could shed light on the very nature of consciousness itself. Read more...

George Washington University Leads First Clinical Trial to Reduce Epileptic Seizures in Individuals with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy, Using Low Frequency Deep Brain Stimulation

Mohamad Koubeissi, M.D., director of the Epilepsy Center and associate professor of neurology at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, is leading a clinical trial employing low-frequency deep brain stimulation to potentially help reduce epileptic seizures in patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy.

Deep brain stimulation improves non motor symptoms in Parkinson's disease

Amsterdam, NL, 25 June 2014 – Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has become a well-recognized non-pharmacologic treatment that improves motor symptoms of patients with early and advanced Parkinson's disease. Evidence now indicates that DBS...Show More Summary

3-D Computer Model May Help Refine Target for Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy for Dystonia

Researchers using a complex set of data from records and imaging scans of patients who have undergone successful DBS implantation, have created 3-D, computerized models that map the brain region involved in dystonia. The models identify...Show More Summary

3-D computer model may help refine target for deep brain stimulation therapy for dystonia

LOS ANGELES (June 24, 2014) – Although deep brain stimulation can be an effective therapy for dystonia – a potentially crippling movement disorder – the treatment isn't always effective, or benefits may not be immediate. Precise placement...Show More Summary

Massive Military-Funded Project Aims to Re-align Ailing Brains

Deep brain stimulation as a treatment for epilepsy and movement disorders, most notably Parkinson’s disease, has rapidly gone from experimental to standard practice. With devices to provide delicate electro-stimulation to the brain now available and with maps of which neurons do what steadily gaining detail, attention is now shifting to […]

The Neuroscience of the Future

Neural prosthetics, brain-computer interfaces (BCI), “closed-loop” deep brain stimulation (DBS) devices, and a world without human brain disorders. The first three of these are already here... is the last one possible?In the utopianShow More Summary

And the DARPA deep brain stimulation awards go to...

...UCSF and MGH! Work on DARPA’s Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies (SUBNETS) program is set to begin with teams led by UC San Francisco (UCSF), and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The SUBNETS program seeks to...Show More Summary

Man Suddenly Enjoys Johnny Cash After Deep Brain Stimulation

For years, music industry marketeers have wished for a magic solution on how to sell people particular bands, singers, or songs. Now it turns out deep brain stimulation might be the answer—as long as the artist is Johnny Cash.

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Mariska Mantione, Martijn Figee, and Damiaan Denys, "A case of musical preference for Johnny Cash following deep brain stimulation of the nucleus accumbens", Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 5/6/2014. Mr. B., a 59-year old married...Show More Summary

Brain Blogger’s Deep Brain Stimulation – Phase 1 Trial

Welcome to the new Brain Blogger! We just completed a complete redesign of our desktop and mobile Brain Blogger sites. Powered by the web-design expertise of Rofikul Islam Shahin, we now have a clean, adaptive, and responsive interface that will elevate your reading experience. For our regular readers, we preserved all the functionality of the […]

Neurosurgeon Uses Depth Electrodes for Speech Mapping

A neurosurgeon tests if deep brain stimulation electrodes can be used as an alternative to traditional WADA test for identifying brain hemisphere for speech dominance.

Deep Brain Stimulation for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Releases Dopamine in Brain

Some have characterized dopamine as the elixir of pleasure because so many rewarding stimuli - food, drugs, sex, exercise - trigger its release in the brain. However, more than a decade of research indicates that when drug use becomes...Show More Summary

Deep brain stimulation for obsessive-compulsive disorder releases dopamine in the brain

Philadelphia, PA, April 30, 2014 – Some have characterized dopamine as the elixir of pleasure because so many rewarding stimuli – food, drugs, sex, exercise – trigger its release in the brain. However, more than a decade of researchShow More Summary

Precise brain mapping can improve response to deep brain stimulation in depression

Precisely defining white matter connections in the brain can help physicians choose optimal target sites for stimulation and significantly improve outcomes in deep brain stimulation for depression, a new study shows. Previous experimental...Show More Summary

Precise brain mapping can improve response to deep brain stimulation in depression

Experimental studies have shown that deep brain stimulation (DBS) within the subcallosal cingulate (SCC) white matter of the brain is an effective treatment for many patients with treatment-resistant depression. Response rates are between...Show More Summary

Deep Brain Stimulation May Improve Cognition in Dementia, Other Neurodegenerative Diseases

Researchers will present findings at the AANS Annual Scientific meeting of their studying testing if Intralaminar thalamic deep brain stimulation (ILN-DBS) could have an effect on dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases that cause severe cognitive dysfunction.

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