Brain machine interfaces could improve Parkinson’s treatment

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Author: Parkinson's Life editorsPublished: 8 November 2017

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Brain machine interfaces, which are commonly used to help those living with paralysis, could be used to treat Parkinson’s.

The technology may be able to predict symptoms before they arise as it can translate what the brain is saying.

It is hoped this technology will also be able to improve deep brain stimulation as it could better identify the brain’s needs in real time.

Helen Bronte Stewart, professor of neurology and neurological sciences at Stanford University, US, said that a well-timed brain stimulation approach may prevent freezing of gait – with fewer side effects than before. She also said that a more sophisticated feedback system could treat the cognitive effects of Parkinson’s.

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