Brain pacemakers show promise in Alzheimer’s trials, might open new treatment possibilities

Brain pacemakers show promise in Alzheimer’s trials, might open new treatment possibilities

Deep-brain electrical stimulation has been around for awhile — rousing folks from comas and helping researchers find new ways to treat OCD, depression and maybe even obesity. Now doctors are testing the so-called “brain pacemakers,” on Alzheimer’s patients and the results are promising, but not conclusive. After a year of treatment, six patients showed higher glucose consumption in PET scans of the learning and memory areas of the brain — a change that is associated with increased neuron activity. Glucose metabolism typically decrease as a result of the disease.

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Brain pacemakers show promise in Alzheimer’s trials, might open new treatment possibilities

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