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Monday, April 27, 2009

Deep brain stimulation slows progression of Parkinson's disease in animal models

Researchers at the Neuroscience Institute at the University of Cincinnati and University Hospital showed that DBS not only alleviates symptoms of Parkinson's disease, but also delayes disease progression. In DBS, high-frequency stimulating electrodes can promote the release of specific neurotrophic factor, which prevents the death of dopamine-producing cells in the brain.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Neurosurgery at Children's Hospital

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) has approved Children's Hospital as a second performance site to treat people suffering dystonia with the Humanitarian Use Device, known as Medtronic Active® Dystonia Therapy, an FDA-approved under Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE).
Dr. Richter will be performing a DBS on a patient suffering severe dystonia at Children's Hospital in the near future.