Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Brain Stimulation used to treat Alzheimer's

A pacemaker-like device was recently implanted into the brain of a patient with early stage Alzheimer's disease at Johns Hopkins's Hospital in Baltimore. The device deliverers deep brain stimulation and is seen as a possible means of boosting memory and reversing cognitive decline. Instead of focusing on drug treatments, many which have failed, this research focuses on the use of low voltage electrical charges delivered to the brain. As well as John Hopkins's hospital, other sites performing this operation are University or Pennsylvania, the University of Florida, Banner Health System in Phoenix in Arizona and the University of Toronto in Canada.