Posts tagged ‘DBS’

January 30, 2011

Resource on Deep Brain Stimulation

BBC’s morning program, “BBC Breakfast,” had a 5-minute segment about deep brain stimulation, or DBS. DBS involves the use of electrodes which are implanted into the brain through holes drilled in the skull. The electrodes are attached to a battery pack which delivers small amounts of electricity to stimulate or inhibit specific areas in the brain. Around the world, more than 40,000 people have gone through this procedure. Deep brain stimulation has produced promising results in the treatment of diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and dystonia. 

Laura, on my comment wall, also told me about a book on Deep Brain Stimulation by Jamie Talan, which she says is a great read for both physicians and laypeople. (There’s an extensive excerpt on the DANA Foundation site). Thanks, Laura!

Below is a PBS segment on deep brain stimulation.


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August 16, 2009

Depression Treatment Breakthroughs, Beyond ECT- Oprah.com

I found this article Beyond Prozac – Depression Treatment Breakthroughs, written by Tim Jarvis, on Oprah.com. It highlights the newest treatments coming to possible availability, such as magnetic seizure therapy (MST), where a seizure is induced by a magnetic field rather than by electricity. The article  also discusses DBS, “brain implants that work like pacemakers to keep a lagging neural area up to speed.” Apparently, ketamine, the anesthetic, is being investigated as another viable treatment for depression (It’s noted that a small dose snapped people out of depression almost instantly).

And people think ECT is the only “radical” treatment out there.

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