Spinal cord stimulation significantly decreased pain and reduced motor symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease, both as a singular therapy and for those who deep brain stimulation proved ineffective.
Researchers use optogenetic based deep brain stimulation to help treat motor dysfunction in animal models of Parkinson's disease. The new technique provides insights into why DBS works and ways in which it can be improved on a patient-by-patient basis.
Stimulating the central lateral thalamus in monkeys under anesthesia was enough to wake the animals and elicit normal waking behaviors.
Long term outcome data of patients with treatment-resistant depression found subcallosal cingulate deep brain stimulation (SCC DBS) was both effective at relieving symptoms and safe.
Stimulating the posterior cingulate cortex increased hippocampal gamma-band power and strengthened the connections between the two brain regions. Using deep brain stimulation could help to treat memory disorders and cognitive impairment.
Researchers report EEG technology has the ability to study activity of areas deep inside the brain, such as the thalamus and nucleus accumbens. The findings will help shed new light on disorders that affect these brain regions, such as Parkinson's disease and OCD.