Tool Tracks Chemical Changes in the Brain

Posted on July 15th, 2012 by

Parkinson's, Tourette Syndrome and Depression.  They are a debilitating disease and they also share something else in common, a surplus or deficiency of neurochemicals in the brain. Now, researchers have found a novel way to monitor real-time chemical changes in the brains of patients undergoing deep brain stimulation. The research conducted by the Mayo Clinic will help physicians more effectively use DBS to treat brain disorders. "We can learn what neurochemicals can be released by DBS, neurochemical stimulation, or other stimulation. We can basically learn how the brain works," author Su-Youne Chang, Ph.D., of the Mayo Clinic Neurosurgery Department was quoted saying.  

Additional coverage: Business Standard, Medical Xpress

 

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Tags: brain stimulation, depression, Dr. Su-Youne Chang, Ivanhoe, neurochemicals, Neurology, parkinson's disease, Research, Tourette Syndrome

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