...In this first surgery, Anderson implanted the pacemaker-like device into the area of the brain affected by Alzheimer’s disease, providing deep brain stimulation. The stimulator has already been used in thousands of people with Parkinson’s disease with good effect, though for Parkinson’s disease it is implanted into the specific area of the brain affected by that disease. What’s new is the realization that any number of diseases originating from the brain can be helped with deep brain stimulation by placing the stimulator in a specific area. Other researchers are testing deep brain stimulation to control seizures, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder resistant to other therapies.
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