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Researcher Paul Larson, MD

Neurosurgeons Use MRIs To Guide Surgical Implantation Of Deep Brain Stimulation Devices

A new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) device that guides surgeons as they implant electrodes into the brains of people with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders could change the way this surgery, called deep brain stimulation, is performed at medical centers across the country, according to a group of doctors at University of California, San […]

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Researcher Michele Tagliati, MD

Earlier Deep Brain Stimulation Gets Much Improved Results For Potentially Crippling Dystonia

Patients suffering from dystonia, an uncommon yet potentially crippling movement disorder, get better results if they begin deep brain stimulation therapy sooner rather than later, according to an international study published in the March issue of the Journal of Neurology. Dystonia causes muscles to contract with the affected body part twisting involuntarily and symptoms ranging from […]

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Director Robert Spetzler

Deep Brain Stimulation Research Expands At St. Joseph’s Barrow Neurological Institute

St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center’s Barrow Neurological Institute has received a $10.1 million donation. This is the largest single gift in the organization’s history and one of the biggest ever given to any Arizona hospital. The one-time cash donation from philanthropist Marian H. Rochelle to St. Joseph’s Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix will be […]

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brain image of the amygdala

Researchers Selectively Control Anxiety Pathways In The Brain Of Animals

A new study sheds light – both literally and figuratively – on the intricate brain cell connections responsible for anxiety. Scientists at Stanford University recently used light to activate mouse neurons and precisely identify neural circuits that increase or decrease anxiety – related behaviors. Pinpointing the origin of anxiety brings psychiatric professionals closer to understanding […]

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Researcher Fritz Henn

Hyperactive Nerve Cells Contribute To Depression And Respond To Deep Brain Stimulation In Animals

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, have identified hyperactive cells in a tiny brain structure that may play an important role in depression. The study, conducted in rats and appearing in the February 24, 2011, issue […]

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deep brain stimulation electrode

Calls For Political Review Of Law That Permits Use Of Brain Devices With Rare Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Warning that patients could be at risk, an interdisciplinary group of multinational investigators is calling on the U.S. Congress and federal regulators to tighten a law that permits use of brain devices to treat rare neuropsychiatric disorders without supporting clinical trials or stringent patient oversight. The commentary’s contributing authors, from the U.S. and Europe, have […]

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MRI of the nucleus accumbens

Brain Pacemakers May Be A Long-Lasting Solution For Severe Depression

Nearly ten percent of all cases of depression are so severe that the patients do not respond to any established treatment method. Targeted stimulation of areas in the brain using a type of “brain pacemaker” has recently raised hopes: According to initial studies, half of patients with the most severe depression treated in this manner […]

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