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Surgeons Implant Brain 'Pacemaker' for Alzheimer's Disease
Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012 1:34 PM
Joined: 12/6/2011
Posts: 3326

From Alzheimer's Daily News:

(Source: Newswise) - Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine surgically implanted a pacemaker-like device into the brain of a patient in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, the first such operation in the United States. The device, which provides deep brain stimulation and has been used in thousands of people with Parkinson's disease, is seen as a possible means of boosting memory and reversing cognitive decline.

The surgery is part of a federally funded, multicenter clinical trial marking a new direction in clinical research designed to slow or halt the ravages of the disease, which slowly robs its mostly elderly victims of a lifetime of memories and the ability to perform the simplest of daily tasks. Instead of focusing on drug treatments, many of which have failed in recent clinical trials, the research focuses on the use of the low-voltage electrical charges delivered directly to the brain.


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Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012 3:28 PM
Joined: 12/20/2011
Posts: 217

 Thanks, Myriam.

This is very interesting - but, strangely enough, I can't find any articles stating whether the 7 people who've already gotten the implant have seen any improvement at all in their memory.


If anyone comes across this info, please post it.  Thanks.