deep brain stimulation

New research may clarify why the effects of deep-brain stimulation can differ so much — and indicate the way to advancing the treatment[1]. People with severe Parkinson’s disease or other neurological conditions that cause intractable symptoms such as uncontrollable shaking, muscle spasms, seizures, obsessive thoughts, and compulsive behaviors are sometimes treated with electric stimulators placed… Read more

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of an area in the brain called the subcallosal cingulate (SCC) has a potent antidepressant effect that continues over a long period of time in patients with treatment-resistant depression, a recent study found. Deep brain stimulation, currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat essential tremor, Parkinson’s disease… Read more

Stimulation of a brain region called the lateral orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) reliably produced acute improvement in mood in epilepsy patients who suffered from depression, a new study has found. The effects were not seen in patients without mood symptoms, suggesting that the brain stimulation works to normalize activity in mood-related neural circuitry, the researchers say… Read more

A new adaptive deep brain stimulation method to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease has been developed by scientists. In the new method, stimulation changes in real time, based on the patient’s neural signals, as compared to traditional deep brain stimulation, which is constant. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) can be an effective treatment for Parkinson’s… Read more

Patients who receive deep brain stimulation are routinely cautioned that their neurostimulators (also known as implantable pulse generators, or IPGs) may dysfunction when confronted by electromagnetic fields that can be generated by particular electrical devices found at work, home, and in the hospital. A new and potentially dangerous source of dysfunction has been identified: nearby… Read more