New Frontier for Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy Is Recovery From Stroke

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Researchers testing the effects of DBS on the brains of rats hope to begin testing its effects in humans

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic are testing whether electrical stimulation of the brain helps improve the effectiveness of physical rehabilitation after a stroke. Strokes leave hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. debilitated each year.

With deep brain stimulation, or DBS, electrodes are surgically implanted into the brain, and a neurostimulator, typically implanted in the chest, stimulates the brain with mild electrical current.

Approved by the Food and Drug Administration to reduce symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, among other conditions, DBS is used primarily to treat or reduce tremors, stiffness and slowness. The technique also has been studied for use in a variety of ailments, including depression and chronic pain. continua a leggere

Articolo di Shirley S. Wang su The Wall Street Journal

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