Brain therapy giving hope of new way to conquer afflictions

Posted on April 5th, 2010 by

Martha Buckalew had a great life. She traveled with her husband, drove her golf cart to garage sales in Sun City, played bridge with friends. Then she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease…

 

A neurosurgeon

 drilled two holes into her skull, inserted electrodes in her brain and sent her back to a better life.The treatment is deep-brain-stimulation therapy, or DBS, which uses electrical pulses to quiet her tremors.. Some physicians in the U.S. and Europe are trying the therapy for chronic pain. Dr. Virgilio Evidente of the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale has performed the therapy on two patients with severe, recurring headaches.

 

Arizona Republic, 4/4/2010

Tags: brain therapy, DBS, Dr. Virgilio Evidente, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Neurology

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