Deep Brain Stimulation

August 14, 2019

DBS is an incredibly promising intervention for intractable neurological and psychiatric illness. What are the risks?

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David Dobbs writes, “An early halt to a trial of deep brain stimulation for depression reveals little about the treatment but more about the changing nature of clinical trials.”

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Mr. B loves Johnny Cash, except when he doesn’t. Mr. X has watched his doctors morph into Italian chefs right before his eyes. The link between the two? Both Mr. B and Mr. X received deep brain stimulation

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Christian Lüscher considers an alarming career from the early days of psychiatry

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Patients who lose consciousness for more than a year are considered extremely unlikely to regain it, but a 35-year-old Frenchman who had been in a vegetative state for 15 years has shown hints of awareness after having key brain regions electrically stimulated, scientists reported on Monday

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Last year, in an operating room at the University of Toronto, a 63-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease experienced something she hadn’t for 55 years: a memory of her 8-year-old self playing with her siblings on their family farm in Scotland

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