Saturday, December 8, 2012

Deep Brain Stimulation and Alzheimer's

Have you heard about the latest US research related to Alzheimer’s? Reportedly, researchers at Johns Hopkins have surgically placed a pacemaker-like device into the brain of a patient in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and plan to do the same for a second patient soon. The implant (inserted by neurosurgeon William S. Anderson, MD) provides deep brain stimulation. It is hoped that the implant will serve to boost memory and reverse cognitive decline in individuals who are showing early signs of developing Alzheimer’s. Similar devices have been used in thousands of people with Parkinson’s disease. The link below is to a site that provides information on volunteering for research at the Memory and Alzheimer’s Treatment Center.


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