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Tiny DBS implant shows potential to advance Parkinson’s disease treatment
Author: Sarah McGrathPublished: 5 May 2022
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In an innovative trial by North Bristol NHS Trust, UK, surgeons have succeeded in implanting a tiny deep brain stimulation (DBS) device into a person’s skull. Their aim? To address symptoms of Parkinson’s.
Designed with a tiny battery system that is inserted into the skull, the DBS device delivers electric impulses to targeted areas of the brain through electric probes. In doing so, it works to address abnormal brain cell activity associated with Parkinson’s – and may help to ease symptoms.
One of around 25 patients selected for the year-long trial has described the device’s impact as “amazing”.
Commenting on the results of the trial so far, consultant neurologist Dr Alan Whone of North Bristol NHS Trust said: “We are hopeful that if these findings hold up, we will have a significant technical advance by which to improve Parkinson’s care across the world.”
For more information on the latest Parkinson’s research, please visit Parkinson’s Europe website.
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