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.
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
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...
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.
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
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
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
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 […]
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
...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
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.
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
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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.
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
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
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
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
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.