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29 April 2010 :: 12:04:44 pm 19302

Implant to Help Alleviate Signs of Parkinson’s

Electrodes that deliver electric currents deep within the brain has been fitted to more than 300 patients with Parkinson’s in a major study and has been found to be more effective than medication alone.
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Known as ‘deep brain stimulation’, the technique activates area of the brain that is known to control movement to improve symptoms such as tremors and stiffness.

One out of every 500 people has Parkinson’s, but there is still a postcode lottery in the UK when it comes to accessing Parkinson’s

Deep Brain stimulation involves implanting a wire with electrodes on the tips, into areas of the brain. The wire is then connected to a small unit rather like a pacemaker which is implanted under the skin on the chest area this is known as the ‘neurostimulator’

Electrical impulses are sent along the wire into the brain by the unit blocking the electrical signals that cause the symptoms of Parkinson’s.

Three hundred and sixty six patients who received either surgery and medication or just medication alone were investigated by a UK team and when followed up a year later the researchers found those who had undergone surgery reported a better quality of life.

It has been said that although the surgery is an important treatment option for people with Parkinson’s, it is not a cure. It merely helps in controlling symptoms more than just medication alone.

Funded by the Parkinson’s UK charity, this 10 year study is said to be the largest trial of its kind in the world.

The Director of research and development Dr. Kieran Breen said deep brain stimulation should be made available to people who need it and when they need it and they want to make sure that every one who has Parkinson’s has equal access to the care and support they need wherever they may live.

Parkinson’s affects about 120,000 people in the UK with most of them showing signs from the age of 50.

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