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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 10:24 PM
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Researchers at U of Toronto treated Alzheimer's patients with brain stimulation and reversed
the disease in two people: ctv news. Research still early.
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Electric Monk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 10:30 PM
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1. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes?
;-)

Link http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15890749


Scientists in Canada have raised a tantalising prospect - reversing Alzheimer's disease.

Brain shrinkage, declining function and memory loss had been thought to be irreversible.

They used a technique known as deep brain stimulation - applying electricity directly to regions of the brain. In two patients, the brain's memory hub reversed its expected decline and actually grew.

Deep brain stimulation has been used in tens of thousands of patients with Parkinson's as well as having an emerging role in Tourette's Syndrome and depression.

more
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 11:40 PM
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10. So we can cure Republicanism, too?
Edited on Sun Nov-27-11 11:42 PM by krispos42
Yay!!!
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:52 AM
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11. LOL!
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MannyGoldstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 10:30 PM
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2. Here's a link:
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ruggerson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 10:34 PM
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3. Deep brain stimulation
is apparently extraordinarily effective in Parkinson's. And they are just now discovering that by normalizing the brain's circuitry they may be slowing the disease as well.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 10:34 PM
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4. off to the Greatest Page with ye
:D
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SidDithers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 10:36 PM
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5. K&R...
Sid 9T2
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 10:44 PM
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6. Wow. K&R nt
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 10:52 PM
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7. Oh I so hope they develop this fast. My dad has altzheimers, my mom parkinsons'.
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jberryhill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 11:25 PM
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8. Yes, but...

Eventually, their. brains continue to increase in power, surpassing the intelligence of ordinary people, and establishing a literal mastermind group who enslaves the rest of the human race to their service.

I think I saw that movie
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 11:36 PM
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9. LOL. Thanks for the levity. I needed that.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 03:52 AM
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12. Recommend
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mistertrickster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 11:39 AM
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13. But if people are cured of dementia, can the Republican party survive? (joke) nt
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:08 PM
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14. more details from BBC (crosspost from Health forum) ...
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Exultant Democracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 04:44 PM
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15. I'm crossing my fingers that we will have this beat in time for Terry Pratchett to keep writing.
I thought his second to last book would be his last but then his most recent book came out and it almost seems like he may be improving. I know that he planned to go after it aggressively with experimental treatments.
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