FDA gives approval for more research into deep brain stimulation for Alzheimer’s
Posted Jul 18 2012 12:00am
There’s good news on several fronts involving the promise of deep brain stimulation as a way to halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and improve memory . It’s done by implanting electrodes that send pulses of electricity into the brain's memory system delivering small, rhythmic shocks.
ABC News recently reported on a Canadian study that has shown that deep brain stimulation can reawaken circuits in the brain that lay down memory. People in the clinical trial had two electrodes implanted in the brain, which are connected to a battery implanted in the chest area. The brain is stimulated by these electrical impulses, “sparking” the memory center into activity.