In deep brain stimulation, electrodes – the pale white lines – are implanted into a patient’s brain and connected to a battery in a person’s chest.
Deep brain stimulation and trasncranial magnetic stimulation treat mental illness by sending electrical currents into parts of the brain. Every new patient provides researchers with a wealth of information. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
Deep brain stimulation relies on thin electrodes implanted deep in the brain that deliver electrical currents.
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This rare procedure is offered by only a handful of centers in the US and around the world and should be used only when less invasive treatment options for OCD have been tried.
Advances in artificial intelligence and technology have allowed researchers to better explore the mechanisms behind neurostimulation.
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Existing brain connections may influence the effectiveness of neurostimulation. Tailoring treatments to each individual brain could expand the number of conditions brain stimulation can treat.
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The most interesting thing is how free Gertrude is to move around while the implanted chip collects the data.
Ozzy Osbourne and wife Sharon Osbourne after Ozzy received a Golden God Award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods ceremony in London on June 11, 2018.
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Ozzy Osbourne, famous for biting heads off bats, heavy metal music and a reality TV show, announced he has Parkinson’s disease. A Parkinson’s specialist explains the disease and recent advances.
Participants in a recent trial experienced old memories, vividly.
A national trial that looked at whether brain stimulation could restore memory had a surprise finding. Deep brain stimulation brought back vivid memories temporarily.
Vagus nerve stimulation.
In the near future, your doctor might prescribe electricity for what ails you.
Probes that can transmit electricity inside the skull raise questions about personal autonomy and responsibility.
Where does responsibility lie if a person acts under the influence of their brain implant? As neurotechnologies advance, a neuroethicist and a legal expert write that now’s the time to hash it out.
The experimental technique of ‘deep brain stimulation’ has improved the lives of patients with treatment-resistant depression, despite the ‘failure’ of a large clinical trial.
For some patients, drilling a hole in the skull and inserting an electrode into the ‘sadness centre’ of the brain offers relief from debilitating and otherwise treatment-resistant depression.
Is electrical pulse to the brain your favorite memory enhancer?
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Tinkering with the brain’s electrical field shows tantalizing promise for boosting memory, but it doesn’t always work. A new study offers one reason why.
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A sufficiently talented brainjacker could one day influence the behaviour of a person in worrying ways.
Brains are physical organs, but also the seat of something essential about us.
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New technologies bring questions that have belonged to the abstract realm of philosophers into concrete focus. Why do medical interventions in the brain feel different than those elsewhere in the body?
Prion diseases are a rare class of brain disorders that are transmissible between animals of any species, including humans.
New research has identified a known neurodegenerative disease as being caused by prions. And it has again raised the possibility that these proteins are infectious.
The action of running “turns up” visual processing in mice, demonstrating how active movement and sensory processing in the…
Making the most of old connections.
Researchers have been able to restore mobility in paralysed rats using a technique called deep brain stimulation. This involved delivering electrical impulses to an area of the brain called the mesencephalic…
A patient with a drug addiction is in a very different situation to someone with Parkinson’s – and should be treated as such.
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a remarkable therapeutic innovation that has restored the lives of many individuals with intractable neurological disorders. Nowhere is this more evident than in crippling…
Implanted electrodes can alleviate symptoms of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, and help treat addiction.
Neurological disorders can have a devastating impact on the lives of sufferers and their families. Symptoms of these disorders differ extensively - from motor dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease, memory…