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Scientists Test Deep Brain Stimulation As Potential Anorexia Therapy

7 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

A small study in 16 people with severe anorexia has found that implanting stimulation electrodes into the brains of patients could ease their anxiety and help them gain weight. Researchers found that in extreme cases of the eating disorder,...Show More Summary

Medical News Today: Anorexia: Deep brain stimulation may be an effective treatment

Deep brain stimulation may be helpful in treating anorexia, finds a new trial. The surgical technique improved mental and physical well-being.

Scientists test deep brain stimulation as potential anorexia therapy

LONDON (Reuters) - A small study in 16 people with severe anorexia has found that implanting stimulation electrodes into the brains of patients could ease their anxiety and help them gain weight.

Deep brain stimulation for patients with chronic anorexia is safe and might improve symptoms

(The Lancet) Small study in 16 people suggests technique is safe and might help improve mood, anxiety and well-being, while increasing weight.

Deep brain stimulation helps addicted rats kick heroin

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

If you've ever had the unique experience of trying to get a lab rat off of heroin, then you'll know that it can be very difficult – the narcotic is notoriously addictive. Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute, however, have recently...Show More Summary

Scientists show deep brain stimulation blocks heroin relapse in rats

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) can greatly reduce the compulsion to use heroin in standard rat models of addiction, new research has demonstrated.

TSRI scientists show deep brain stimulation blocks heroin relapse in rats

(Scripps Research Institute) Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found that deep brain stimulation (DBS) can greatly reduce the compulsion to use heroin in standard rat models of addiction.

An interview with a deep brain stimulation patient: “I’m worried about getting water in the holes in my head”

Psychologists have conducted a series of in-depth interviews with a Parkinson's patient contemplating surgery for deep brain stimulation. By Christian Jarrett

Deep brain stimulation studies in Alzheimer's disease pose ethical challenges

Promising, early studies of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease have paved a path for future clinical trials, but there are unique ethical challenges with this vulnerable population regarding decision making and post-study treatment access that need to be addressed as they ramp up, researchers argue.

Deep brain stimulation studies in Alzheimer's disease pose ethical challenges

(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) Promising, early studies of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease have paved a path for future clinical trials, but there are unique ethical challenges with...Show More Summary

Parkinson's Therapy Gets Fresh Look From Device Makers

Medtronic is facing new competition in supplying devices for deep brain stimulation, an established therapy for moderating the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

Scientists Hacked an Old Brain-Zapping Treatment for Parkinson’s

Deep brain stimulation can be more efficient, and safer, by using the computer-generated pattern, the study showed.

Evolving deep brain stimulation patterns

(Duke University) Duke University biomedical engineers have used computational evolution to develop temporal patterns of deep brain stimulation used to treat Parkinson's disease. The new energy-saving patterns could reduce the number of battery replacement surgeries needed during a patient's lifetime and lead to patterns tailored to treat specific symptoms.

Deep brain stimulation fails to improve memory in new study

New findings temper the hope that deep brain stimulation might also be useful in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Deep Brain Stimulation Fails to Improve Memory in New Study

The findings highlight how nuanced and complicated modulating cognition can be, according to the researchers.

Deep brain stimulation doesn't improve memory - it hurts it

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of areas in the brain known to be involved in making memories does not improve memory performance, according to a new study. Deep brain stimulation is an invasive technique that involves the implantation of electrodes deep into the brain and then running current through them to electrically stimulate nearby neurons. read more

Electric fields can stimulate deep in your brain without surgery

Deep brain stimulation might help treat obesity and depression, but requires extreme brain surgery. Now researchers have managed to use electric fields instead

How Donald Trump took residence in our anxious brains

In a way that feels unprecedented in modern politics, Trump has burrowed deep into our psyches, stimulating anxiety that will remain even if he loses After the incredulity, the despair, and then the cautious return to optimism, the presidential campaign has entered a phase of almost intolerable anxiety. Show More Summary

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Deep Brain Stimulation Helps Pilot Return to Flight

As a commercial airline pilot, Tyrone Nanton spends his days in a standard blue-and-white uniform. But in his off-hours, Tyrone’s creativity emerges in two favorite hobbies: creating colorful, elaborate costumes for carnival in his native Antigua, and painting. From 2006 to 2015, though, a tremor that got progressively worse made his hands shake so much […]

Electrotherapy: Shock value

4 months agoAcademics : Nature

Deep brain stimulation is a proven treatment for Parkinson's disease. The only thing left to find out is how it works.

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