Brain “Pacemaker” May Offer Alzheimer’s Sufferers Hope

The same pacemaker used to help alleviate Parkinson’s disease has shown promise in treating Alzheimer’s patients. Johns Hopkins has begun the study predicated on a successful smaller Canadian study of 6 patients.  Patients in the Canadian study did “somewhat better with their memory and did great with their brain metabolism” according to Dr. Paul Rosenberg of Johns Hopkins in an interview on “CBS This Morning”.

The procedure installs the same device, the size of a small battery, used for Parkinson’s under the shoulder blade and run wires to the part of the brain that is involved in memory and give a charge that stimulates the brain.

While the initial results are promising Dr. Rosenberg cautioned that they are still in clinical trials and that the treatment will not be available on a wider scale for a few years.

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