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Implants May Improve Therapy For Neurological Disorders 36

Posted by samzenpus
from the a-chipped-brain-is-a-happy-brain dept.
ericjones12398 writes "Breakthrough new research out of Massachusetts General Hospital shows that the use of magnetic field stimulation from microscopic devices implanted into the brain may be able to boost brain activity and alleviate symptoms of several devastating neurodegenerative conditions. Researchers leveraged the use of magnetic stimulation, which has been used for years to diagnose and treat neurological disorders. However, transcranial magnetic stimulation often generates fields by hand-held coils outside the skull, which ends up activating undesired parts of the brain, and makes delivery specificity to certain parts of the brain difficult."
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Implants May Improve Therapy For Neurological Disorders

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  • by Frans Faase (648933) on Friday July 06, 2012 @02:07AM (#40560721) Homepage
    My wife, when in the process of being diagnosed with Alzheimers, reported that her thinking was much clearer after she had got an MRI scan. The effect lasted only half a day. I reported this to her neurologist, who said that it was nonsense. But what I have read here, it looks like that what she reported was real. This was in the fall of 2012. In the mean time she has progressed a lot and I wonder if stimulation would have any benefit now.

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