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Intermittent electrical brain stimulation improves memory

Intermittent electrical stimulation of an area deep inside the brain that degenerates in Alzheimer's appears to improve working memory, scientists report. Conversely, continuous deep brain stimulation, like the type used for Parkinson's and currently under study in humans with Alzheimer's, impairs memory, according to study.

Intermittent electrical brain stimulation improves memory

(Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University) Intermittent electrical stimulation of an area deep inside the brain that degenerates in Alzheimer's appears to improve working memory, scientists report.Conversely, continuous deepShow More Summary

Rush testing if genetic clues identify best candidates for Parkinson's surgery

(Rush University Medical Center) A new clinical trial is testing whether a common genetic mutation makes Parkinson's Disease patients more likely to suffer cognitive decline after deep brain stimulation surgery. This information would help neurologists identify the best candidates for this procedure and targets different brain areas based on that genetic information.

Rush Clinical Trial Tests Genetic Screening for Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery

A new clinical trial is testing whether a common genetic mutation makes Parkinson's Disease patients more likely to suffer cognitive decline after deep brain stimulation surgery. This information would neurologists identify the best candidates for this procedure, and should perform that procedure differently based on that genetic information

Exclusive: Woman Can Move Again After a Breakthrough Stroke Treatment

The first person to receive deep brain stimulation (DBS) for stroke recovery is performing far better than her doctors anticipated. Two years ago, Judy Slater, a 59 year old in Pulaski, Pennsylvania, was getting out of bed when she had a severe stroke. She fell down and couldn’t get back up; the stroke had left…

Closed Loop System Reads Brain Activity to Activate Neurostimulator Only When Needed

3 months agoIndustries / Medical : medGadget

At the University of Washington researchers have been focusing on drastically improving the longevity and performance of deep brain stimulators for people suffering from essential tremor. These devices, implanted like pacemakers with electrode leads stretching up into the brain, run on internal batteries. Show More Summary

Brain stimulators are a hot item in sports training…do they help?

The San Francisco Giants just happen to be the baseball team that I usually root for.  Unfortunately, they’re having a terrible year, and after a 7-game losing streak (and counting) are currently deep in the cellar in the National League... Show More Summary

4 Breathing Exercises to Reduce Your Stress Right Now

We tend to forget that one of the best stress relievers is always available to us: our breath. For instance, according to the American Institute of Stress, “Deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes […]

Is It Possible To Stimulate Deep Inside Our Brains Without Implanting Hardware?

For decades, scientists have dreamed of how electricity might be used to change the human brain. By altering its firing patterns using currents, scientists hope to not only treat mental illness, but improve human cognition. The trouble is, so far the most successful of these enterprises have relied on implanting electrodes deep into the human brain. Show More Summary

First randomized controlled trial of DBS for chronic pain shows promise

(Cleveland Clinic) Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the ventral striatum/anterior limb of the internal capsule is safe and feasible in addressing the affective component of pain in patients with post-stroke pain syndrome.Cleveland Clinic...Show More Summary

Noninvasive Deep Brain Stimulation - Has Neuroscience's Holy Grail Been Found?

A high-profile paper in Cell reports on a new brain stimulation method that's got many neuroscientists excited. The new technique, called temporal interference (TI) stimulation, is said to be able to reach structures deep inside theShow More Summary

Battling the terrible toll of depression by 'rewiring' the brain

(MediaSource) One approach used to treat depression by doctors at UCLA and a handful of other centers nationwide is to beam magnetic pulses deep into patients' brains, a therapy known as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). The therapy works in a fundamentally different way from medications, which is what makes it so promising for people not helped by drugs.

Best and Worst of Neuroscience and Neurology – May 2017

What is genetic basis of our intelligence? How to stimulate deep areas of the brain? How to prevent Alzheimer’s disease?  How to slash the cost of treatment of multiple sclerosis? These are some of the questions highlighted in this monthly review of research literature. As usual, while we answer some questions, research studies also dispel […]

Vercise Gevia Deep Brain Stimulation System with Visual Brain Targeting Software Cleared in Europe

4 months agoIndustries / Medical : medGadget

Boston Scientific won the CE Mark of approval, allowing for the introduction of the Vercise Gevia Deep Brain Stimulation System in Europe. The Vercise Gevia is indicated for patients with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s, dystonia, and essential tremor, helping to calm down involuntary muscle activity that creates serious quality of life issues. One of […]

Can This New Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Cure Parkinson’s?

4 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Geek.com

MIT researchers developed a new form of non-invasive deep brain stimulation that promises to be less risky, less expensive, and more accessible to patients. In partnership with investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical […] The post Can This New Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Cure Parkinson’s? appeared first on Geek.com.

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Non-invasive Deep Brain Stimulation via Interfering High Frequency Signals

4 months agoIndustries / Medical : medGadget

Researchers at MIT have developed a new technique to stimulate deep brain regions without the need for invasive implants. Currently, clinicians perform deep brain stimulation by placing electrodes into the brain to stimulate specific areas. Show More Summary

Scientists Can Wiggle a Mouse's Whiskers With Electrical Fields

The language of the brain is electricity. Electrical signals are critical for cell-to-cell communication, but neurons in the brain don't respond to every signal they feel—they prefer lower frequencies. Stimulating neurons deep in the...Show More Summary

Noninvasive method for deep brain stimulation

A new way to stimulate regions deep within the brain using electrodes placed on the scalp has now been developed by researchers. This approach could be used to perform noninvasive deep brain stimulation on patients with brain disord...

New form of deep brain stimulation spares the surgery

4 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Although deep brain stimulation is effective at treating conditions such as Parkinson's disease, obsessive compulsive disorder, epilepsy, and depression, there's a catch – it involves surgically placing electrodes inside the brain. Not...Show More Summary

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