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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

last monthAcademics : Nature

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

UAB Receives Prestigious BRAIN Initiative Grant for Deep Brain Stimulation in Parkinson's Disease

UAB has received a BRAIN Initiative grant of $7.3 million from NIH to study new technology that could improve outcomes from deep brain stimulation. UAB investigators will assess next-generation DBS technology which can direct current in specific directions in the brain, allowing for a more tailored approach to DBS.

St. Jude Medical Gets FDA Green Light for Infinity Deep Brain Stimulation System for Parkinson’s, Essential Tremor

2 months agoIndustries / Medical : medGadget

St. Jude Medical is launching in the U.S. its Infinity deep brain stimulation (DBS) system for patients with Parkinson’s disease or essential tremor, following FDA approval. The implant comes witha  DBS directional lead, the first such lead to receive FDA approval. Show More Summary

When Humans Can Control Each Others’ Brains Remotely, What Will Happen?

4 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“These systems are potentially more precise and less invasive than existing techniques for altering brain activity such as deep brain stimulation. With so much progress on a variety of fronts, some form of human mind control – and the treatments and benefits it confers – should be here before long.”

Deep Brain Stimulation Continues to Show Promise for Patients with Mild Alzheimer's Disease

New findings published today by a team of researchers led by Dr. Andres Lozano at the Krembil Neuroscience Centre (KNC) of Toronto Western Hospital (TWH) have provided further insight into the effects of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

Patient-specific approach may improve deep brain stimulation used to treat Parkinson's

Researchers have developed a method to measure how the brain responds to electrical stimulation and use the response to maximize efficacy of deep brain stimulation (DBS) -- a therapy that has been successfully used to treat advanced stages of Parkinson's disease. Show More Summary

St. Jude’s Infinity Deep Brain Stimulation System Launched in Europe

6 months agoIndustries / Medical : medGadget

St. Jude Medical is launching in Europe its Infinity Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) System and directional DBS lead for treatment of Parkinson’s, tremor, and dystonia. The system was designed to allow for a more targeted approach that can lead to better results for patients. Show More Summary

University Hospitals Case Medical Center Neurosurgeon Studying if Deep Brain Stimulation Can Help Bipolar Disorder Sufferers

A neurosurgeon who specializes in deep brain stimulation (DBS) is seeking a target in the brains of bi-polar disorder patients for possible DBS implantation to provide help to them.

Watch as Parkinson's Treatment Calms a Man's Tremors in Seconds

7 months agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

(Video Link) This new treatment for Parkinson's Disease is called Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). It begins with the surgical implantation of electrodes that send signals to specific parts of the brain. The eletrodes are regulated by a pacemaker-like device in the chest. Show More Summary

Deep Brain Stimulation: Unproven treatment promoted with a conflict of interest in JAMA: Psychiatry [again]

“Even with our noisy ways and cattle prods in the brain, we have to take care of sick people, now,” – Helen Mayberg “All of us—researchers, journalists, patients and their loved ones–are desperate for genuine

Medical News Today: Stimulation of deep brain structure may ease chronic pain

Electrical stimulation of a deep brain structure normally tied to reward and drug abuse blocks pain signals in the spinal cord and reduces sensation of pain, an animal study shows.

Electrical stimulation of deep brain structures to ease chronic pain

Electrical stimulation of deep brain structures under the cortex could help ease chronic pain, scientists have demonstrated. This new method provides hope that in the future we will be able to alleviate chronic pain without the side effects of opioid medications.

Electrical stimulation of deep brain structures to ease chronic pain

Abuse of prescription opioid medicines used to treat chronic pain has reached epidemic proportions, so much that the White House has announced new efforts to combat addiction and prevent the thousands of overdose-related deaths reported in the U.S. each year. read more

New brain stimulation target identified for Tourette's syndrome

Specifically-targeted deep brain stimulation improves symptoms in patients with severe Tourette's, according to new research. Gilles de la Tourette syndrome, often just called Tourette’s, is best known for the vocal and motor tics that are the most common symptoms of the disorder. Show More Summary

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