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August 10, 2010

Deep Brain Stimulation May Slow Alzheimer’s Progression

Deep brain stimulation could help slow down the progression of Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study. The Phase I trial saw electrodes implanted into the hippocampus region of the brain in six participants. The brain is then stimulated using the pacemaker-like device implanted in

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Deep brain stimulation could help slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study.

The Phase I trial saw electrodes implanted into the hippocampus region of the brain in six participants. The brain is then stimulated using the pacemaker-like device implanted in the chest.

It showed that the other areas of the brain that had been affected by Alzheimer’s disease began functioning again following brain stimulation.

PET scans additionally showed that the areas of the brain that used less glucose started consuming it again after stimulation.

The study was published in the journal Annals of Neurology.

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