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Tue Jan 22, 2013, 01:43 PM

Ohio State Implants First Brain Pacemaker To Treat Alzheimer's

Source: Health News Digest

During a five-hour surgery last October at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Kathy Sanford became the first Alzheimer's patient in the United States to have a pacemaker implanted in her brain.

She is the first of up to 10 patients who will be enrolled in an FDA-approved study at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center to determine if using a brain pacemaker can improve cognitive and behavioral functioning in patients with Alzheimer's disease.

The study employs the use of deep brain stimulation (DBS), the same technology used to successfully treat about 100,000 patients worldwide with movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease. In the study, researchers hope to determine whether DBS surgery can improve function governed by the frontal lobe and neural networks involved in cognition and behavior by stimulating certain areas of the brain with a pacemaker.

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"Basically, the pacemakers send tiny signals into the brain that regulate the abnormal activity of the brain and normalize it more," says Rezai. "Right now, from what we're seeing in our first patient, I think the results are encouraging, but this is research. We need to do more research and understand what's going on."

Read more: http://www.healthnewsdigest.com/news/Alzheimer_Issues_680/Ohio-State-Implants-First-Brain-Pacemaker-To-Treat-Alzheimer-s.shtml

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Redfairen Jan 2013 OP
valerief Jan 2013 #1
dballance Jan 2013 #2
Fuddnik Jan 2013 #7
jeff47 Jan 2013 #8
sinkingfeeling Jan 2013 #3
serbbral Jan 2013 #4
tweeternik Jan 2013 #5
justiceischeap Jan 2013 #6

Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 01:54 PM

1. I think the House GOP should be the first recipients of this technology. nt

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Response to valerief (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 01:58 PM

2. How would we get their heads out of their asses long enough to do the surgery? /eom

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Response to valerief (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 03:52 PM

7. Or University of Michigan football players.

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Response to valerief (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 05:06 PM

8. Sorry, they'd have to have brains first. (nt)

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 02:07 PM

3. That would be a real breakthrough for Alzheimer's.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 02:25 PM

4. Alzheimers

I wonder how old is this lady.

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Response to serbbral (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 02:54 PM

5. The article I read

said she was 57 years old.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 03:31 PM

6. Wonder if this could work for Parkinson's?

My mom has it and since it's hereditary, I could end up with it. I wonder if they're looking at this sort of thing in their (Parkinson's) research.

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