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Deep Brain Stimulation an effective treatment for Parkinson's

A study in this week’s issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that deep brain stimulus of either of two brain areas (the subthalamic nucleus or globus pallidus) is more effective than the current best medical treatment for Parkinson’s Disease. Patients were randomly divided into three groups: two received deep brain stimulation…

Deep brain stimulation and OCD

A study published on November 13 in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that deep brain stimulation may be a viable treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Symptoms of the disorder include intrusive thoughts and rituals that can significantly interfere with daily functioning. The small trial included only 16 patients, but the study found that…

Deep brain stimulation relieves depression

CTV News reports that Canadian researchers have discovered that a surgical technique known as Deep Brain Stimulation can relieve symptoms for sufferers of a severe form of Major Depressive Disorder. Treatment effects last at least a year. Surgeons targeted the subcallosal cingulated gyrus, part of the brain believed to be overactive for patients with depression,…