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Alzheimer's Study Using Pacemaker-like Device
Myriam
Posted: Monday, August 13, 2012 4:44 PM
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From Alzheimer's Daily News:


(Source: AZFamily.com) - It's a device that has been known to help the heart, but it could soon add Alzheimer's to the list. A pacemaker like device is being put to the test in Phoenix, AZ.


Dr. Anna Burke with Banner Alzheimer's Institute reports: "It's actually a technology that has been available for years now," Burke said. "It has been FDA approved in diseases such as Parkinson's disease and Tourette's syndrome." The system includes implanting a pacemaker-like device beneath skin in the patient's chest.



"There are two wires that are then led through the neck right under the skin and to the head," Burke said. "The neurosurgeon forms two small holes through which he implants these wires into a certain part of the brain."

 

"We think that stimulating these parts of the brain will actually be helpful in slowing down the progression or the illness, and possibly the hope is actually stimulating these areas and improving them," Burke continued.



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