Medtronic won European regulatory approval for its Activa line of deep brain stimulators (DBS) to be safe for use in full body MRI scans, given certain conditions. Previously, the company had approval for only head scans under MRI for patients wearing their DBS devices. Show More Summary
New research provides clues to how deep brain stimulation helps patients with Parkinson’s disease.
Figuring out how deep brain stimulation actually works may lead to next-generation implants
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) can have dramatic benefits for people living with Parkinson’s disease, but how this technology actually works to influence the brain has remained a mystery. This is an issue because some patients respond much differently to DBS than others, so being able to tune the therapy to each patient can improve its effectiveness. Show More Summary
MEDICINE: Why Zapping the Brain Helps Parkinson’s Patients: Deep brain stimulation could lead to a more effective, self-tuning device for Parkinson’s.
Researchers at Rice University have shown that carbon nanotubes are better than conventional metal electrodes for procedures such as deep brain stimulation and reading signals from neurons. These tubes are only a few nanometers in width,...Show More Summary
Electro-brain therapy may evoke thoughts of flying over a cuckoo’s nest, but we may all soon be getting a bit of highly targeted deep brain stimulation (DBS) to keep our memory sharp and help push off dementia. Researchers at the Nanyang...Show More Summary
New brain cells can be formed through deep brain stimulation, improving memory retention, researchers report. For decades, scientists have been finding ways to generate brain cells to boost memory and learning, but more importantly, to also treat brain trauma and injury, and age-related diseases such as dementia. Show More Summary
Website for the BROADEN™ study, which was terminated In these days of irrational exuberance about neural circuit models, it's wise to remember the limitations of current deep brain stimulation (DBS) methods to treat psychiatric disorders. Show More Summary
Deep brain stimulation involves threading electrodes deep into the brain — it's invasive, but it's also an effective way to treat disorders like Parkinson's and depression. But now scientists have a new wireless brain stimulation technique, which targets the proteins that sense heat and spice. Read more...
Parkinson's disease patients treated with low-frequency deep brain stimulation show significant improvements in swallowing dysfunction and freezing of gait over typical high-frequency treatment.
Neurosurgeons at UC San Diego Health System are the first in Southern California to implant a deep brain stimulator (DBS) in a patient with Parkinson's disease using real-time 3-D magnetic resonance image (MRI) guidance.
French neurosurgeon Alim Louis Benabid and American neurologist Mahlon DeLong were recently named winners of the 2014 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award for their roles in developing deep brain stimulation (DBS) for the treatment of Parkinson disease. Show More Summary
Patients affected by Parkinson's disease often show marked changes in body weight: they may gain or lose a lot of weight depending on the stage of the disease, or they may put on up to ten kilos after deep brain stimulation (a treatment to alleviate the symptoms). Show More Summary
The short answer is deep brain stimulation (DBS), a targeted form of electrotherapy used to treat brain disorders like Parkinson's disease and OCD. The long answer, i.e. why DBS is sometimes so remarkably effective, remains poorly understood – but researchers this week took a big step on their path to understanding the technique. Read more...
Available research evidence supports the use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) who don't respond to other treatments, concludes a review in the October issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS). Show More Summary
Researchers have found that a person’s memory can be improved by stimulating areas deep inside the brain with electrical current, a finding that offers hope for nonpharmaceutical, noninvasive treatments s that could boost memory impaired by Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, traumatic brain injury or aging. Read full article >>
Bottom Line: Older patients with Parkinson disease (PD) who undergo deep brain stimulation (DBS) appear to have a 90-day complication risk similar to younger patients, suggesting that age alone should not be a primary factor for excluding patients as DBS candidates. Author: Michael R. DeLong, B.A., of the Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C., and colleagues. read more
Implantating deep brain stimulation devices poses no greater risk of complications to older patients than it does to younger patients with Parkinson's disease, researchers at Duke Medicine report.