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 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
“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.”
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.
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 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
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.
(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
“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
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 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.
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
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
Neurosurgeons at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix are involved with testing the viability of deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat Alzheimer's disease, a disorder that currently has few treatment options. Results from the Phase 2 study, reported in the Journal of Neurosurgery on Dec. 18, 2015, demonstrated the safety of DBS in Alzheimer's patients. read more
Medtronic just announced winning FDA approval for its Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) therapy to be offered to Parkinson’s patients who have lived with the disease for at least four years and recently developed new motor issues or have had motor issues that existing meds have not helped with. Show More Summary
Medtronic‘s line of Activa deep brain stimulators (DBS) received FDA approval for safe use while the patient undergoes full body magnetic resonance imaging as long as certain precautions are taken. This makes Activa DBS implants the only ones approved in the U.S. Show More Summary
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My father is 64 and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s last year. So far his symptoms are very mild, but I’m wondering what the typical progression of the disease is like. I have read that deep brain stimulation is sometimes recommended. When is this type of treatment usually considered? Is it safe? ANSWER: […]
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a well-known and accepted treatment for neurological and psychiatric diseases. It consists of the implantation of electrodes into the brain, which send small electric impulses to specific neurons and pathways. Show More Summary
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) improves many of the motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD) and is a life-alerting surgery for many patients. Penn Medicine's Gordon Baltuch, MD, a professor of Neurosurgery and director of the Penn Center...Show More Summary
The failure of two big clinical trials should be seen as a setback, not a terminal blow