Neurosurgeon Andres Lozano discusses recent developments in the potential uses of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for the alleviation of symptoms across many different neurological / neuropsychological conditions, including Parkinson’s Disease, dystonia, depression and other mental illnesses, and possibly even for the improvement of cognitive functioning in people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and the earlier stages of Alzheimer’s Disease.
“Deep brain stimulation is becoming very precise. This technique allows surgeons to place electrodes in almost any area of the brain, and turn them up or down – like a radio dial or thermostat – to correct dysfunction”.
Note: Some of this promising work on the treatment of dementia is at an early stage and clinical trials are still underway.
Read more and view the video: Deep Brain Stimulation: TED Talk by Neurosurgeon Andres Lozano (Linked via the Lewy Body Society).
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Laxton, AW. Lozano, AM. (2012). Deep brain stimulation for the treatment of Alzheimer Disease and dementias. World Neurosurgery, June 19th 2012, [Epub ahead of print]. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).
Laxton, AW. Sankar, T. [and] Lozano, AM. [et al] (2012). Deep brain stimulation effects on memory. Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences, December 2012, Vol.56(4), pp.341-4. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 7, May 2013].