Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Ohio State tests brain stimulation for Alzheimer's patients

Deep brain stimulation, the surgical placement of a small electrode to deliver electrical current to the brain, has been used to treat Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders for decades.

It may soon become an option for Alzheimer's disease patients, if a small study currently recruiting patients at the Ohio State University Medical Center proves successful.

Researchers at Ohio State want to recruit 10 patients for the study, which began with the first surgery in October. The surgery is for patients with mild disease and aims to regulate abnormal activity in the brain.

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