Sunday, June 25, 2017

New hope for brain diseases, such as Parkinson's

The best current treatment for Parkinson's disease is deep brain stimulation, achieved by implanted electrodes within brain tissue. Brain stimulation was summarized in my earlier blog. The complex medical procedure, carries operational risks and does help everyone, because the target site is so difficult to find. Scientists from MIT and Harvard applied two, slightly different high frequency stimulation in animal brain, none of which had noticeable effect individually. However, at the place of their overlap, the two frequencies interfered to produce a much lower net frequency that is equal to their difference. This new method poses almost no risk factors, because the stimulation can be easily applied without operation. Furthermore, site of the stimulation can be also easily modified in order to achieve optimal effect.

Drawback? You cannot ask your doctor for the procedure yet, because so far it has only been applied in animals. Furthermore, the treatment is not available as a small device either. As of now, you cannot take your 'treatment cap' on the road just yet. Read the whole article.

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