US Witnesses 1st Deep Brain Stimulation Implant Operation

US Witnesses 1st Deep Brain Stimulation Implant Operation

In a first of kind operations ever been carried out in the US, surgeons from Johns Hopkins Hospital have implanted a deep brain stimulation device in a patient. It has been done to reduce the effects of Alzheimer's disease.

Deep brain stimulation device operations have been carried out in Europe and Canada. But, to treat a number of other brain problems, like Parkinson's disease and depression.

The device is similar to a pacemaker in the form of functioning. It consists of electrodes, which sends impulses to stimulate hippocampus, which is the first part of the brain that converts short term memory loss to long term.

Surgeons from the Johns Hopkins Hospital have affirmed that 40 patients in 2013 will be undergoing the same surgery in North America, as a part of the study. Constantine Lyketsos, who has co-chaired the trial, said that their main aim is to improve memory and to reduce the effect of cognitive decline in patients, who have been suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

"Alternative treatment strategies need to be evaluated in Alzheimer's disease due to the numerous recent failures of drug trials to halt or stave off cognitive decline in this population", said Michele York from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.


FrenchTribune Specials

IPCC’s Projected Sea Level Rise may already be outdated, says NASA

As per NASA, the projections made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on a rise in global sea levels of 1 to 3 feet have already become a thing of past. Experts said that humans are locked into at least 3 feet of sea level rise and even more is also possible.

Steven Nerem of the University of Colorado said that most of the...

Most Popular

Air Pollution Causes an Estimated 1.6 Million Deaths in China Every Year

A recent study published in Nature Geoscience revealed...

A Baby Planet has been discovered in another Solar System

According to reports, astronomers have captured an image...

Nasa's Curiosity rover takes a 360 degree selfie on MARS

The Curiosity rover, sent by American space agency NASA...

Rare dinosaur footprints found in Lower Saxony in Germany

A team of scientists from Germany have found a long...

Poll

Can Greece Come out of Economic Problems: