Alzheimer's "Brain Pacemaker" Trials

A technique to try to slow the progression of early stage Alzheimer's disease is being tried for the first time in the US, after some success in Canadian trials. The process involves using low voltages to provide "deep brain stimulation", via an implanted device somewhat similar to the cardiac pacemaker used for patients with some types of heart disease.

The surgery is part of a federally funded, multicenter clinical trial marking a new direction in clinical research designed to slow or halt the ravages of the disease, which slowly robs its mostly elderly victims of a lifetime of memories and the ability to perform the simplest of daily tasks, researchers at Johns Hopkins say.



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