January 29th, 2010

Mayo reseachers develop possible “game changing” advance to deep brain stimulation

By Kelley Luckstein

The pacemaker and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) revolutionized heart medicine (and gave birth to a multi-billion dollar global industry) by successfully blending detection and therapy into one “smart” device.

 

The technology notices a faulty heart beat and automatically delivers an electric shock to correct it. Now researchers at the Mayo Clinic are perhaps a year away from commercializing a similar device for deep brain stimulation, (DBS), a still nascent but growing way of using electricity to treat neurological disorders like Parkinson’s and depression.

 

MedCity News by Thomas Lee, 1/28/2010

Tags: deep brain stimulation, Neurology, Research

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