Sunday, June 25, 2017

New, non-invasive treatment for brain diseases

The best current treatment for Parkinson's disease is deep brain stimulation, achieved by implanted electrodes deep within brain tissue. Brain stimulation was summarized in my earlier blog. The risk of operation makes this procedure a last resort in most cases. In addition, because the target site is so difficult to find, the complex medical procedure is not always successful.

For this reason, a new method, which applies high frequency brain stimulation without noticeable effect, is being considered. When two, slightly different and overlapping high frequencies were administered at the anatomical target site, the two frequencies produced a net frequency that is equal to their difference. This new method can be easily applied without surgery, thus eliminating the risk associated with operation. Furthermore, site of the stimulation can be also easily modified in order to achieve optimal effect. The new method might be useful for other brain conditions also. 

Drawback? You cannot ask your doctor for the procedure yet, because so far it has only been applied in animals. Furthermore, the treatment is not available as a small device either. As of now, you cannot take your 'treatment cap' on the road just yet. Read the whole article.

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