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Resource on Deep Brain Stimulation

Posted Jan 31 2011 12:15am
BBC’s morning program, “BBC Breakfast,” had a 5-minute segment about deep brain stimulation , or DBS. DBS involves the use of electrodes which are implanted into the brain through holes drilled in the skull. The electrodes are attached to a battery pack which delivers small amounts of electricity to stimulate or inhibit specific areas in the brain. Around the world, more than 40,000 people have gone through this procedure. Deep brain stimulation has produced promising results in the treatment of diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and dystonia. 

Laura, on my comment wall, also told me about a book on Deep Brain Stimulation by Jamie Talan , which she says is a great read for both physicians and laypeople. (There’s an extensive excerpt on the DANA Foundation site). Thanks, Laura!

Below is a PBS segment on deep brain stimulation.

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