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Medical Deep brain stimulation good for Parkinson's: study

  1. Jan 7, 2009 #1

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    Deep brain stimulation involves electrodes stimulating the middle of the brain with pulses generated by a battery pack surgically placed like a "pace maker" in the patient's chest.

    The results for Parkinson's sufferers has been tremendous where 71 percent of patients are better off (to the point of no tremors for an average of 6.4 hours straight during the day) compared to the 31 percent effectiveness of drugs targeting the disease.

    http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNe...rkinsons_treatment_090106/20090106?hub=Health

    The complications include how the electrical activity generated for the implanted electrodes can disrupt the heart in patients. This is proving beneficial, however, for people up to ages like 70 who may even be in an advanced stage of the condition!

    Edit: This is an American achievement by the way!
    Study performed by Frances M. Weaver, Ph.D., of Hines VA Hospital, Hines, Ill., and colleagues.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/01/090106161510.htm
     
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  3. Jan 8, 2009 #2

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    http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/parkinsons_disease/detail_parkinsons_disease.htm

    I don't know how many of these people are going to be motivated enough to have holes drilled in their skulls, risking infection, to stop what they probably see as simply the aging process. Many individuals would probably forego this operation thinking it was a government ploy to wiretap their brains, or because it really is a major operation.

    The above link has a lot of information on this neurological condition.
     
  4. Jan 8, 2009 #3

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    I once saw a spastic individual on a television show who had a deep brain stimulation device. He looked absolutely normal with the device activated, but once he turned it off he lost all control and couldn't even communicate. It's an amazing technique, but not something trivial.
     
  5. Jan 8, 2009 #4

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    Here's the Michael J. Fox (CDN!) Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

    http://www.michaeljfox.org/newsEvents_parkinsonsInTheNews_article.cfm?ID=260

    There are reports of the stimulation interfering with decision making.

    (same link as above)
     
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