Man's Parkinson's Tremors Vanish With The Touch Of A Button – But How?

The short answer is deep brain stimulation (DBS), a targeted form of electrotherapy used to treat brain disorders like Parkinson's disease and OCD. The long answer, i.e. why DBS is sometimes so remarkably effective, remains poorly understood – but researchers this week took a big step on their path to understanding… » 10/02/14 10:20am 10/02/14 10:20am

Scientists Accidentally Discover The Brain's Consciousness "Off Switch"

While performing deep brain surgery on a woman with epilepsy, neuroscientists from George Washington University stimulated an area of her brain that unexpectedly — and temporarily — caused her to lose awareness. It's a discovery that could shed light on the very nature of consciousness itself. » 7/04/14 7:00am 7/04/14 7:00am

Man's Parkinson's disease symptoms vanish with the push of a button

In 2009, Andrew Johnson, 35, was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson's disease. Last November, and again in February, he underwent a procedure, during which surgeons implanted a device in his brain that controls his tremors. Today, you'd never guess he suffers from Parkinson's – but watch what happens when he turns… » 6/27/13 7:40am 6/27/13 7:40am

A Brain Implant That Treats Severe Eating Disorders

It was starting to get so bad for Ontario's Kim Rollins that her mother started to make plans for the funeral. Conventional therapies weren't helping to alleviate her severe anorexia, so Rollins decided to volunteer for a cutting-edge treatment: deep-brain stimulation. Now, with her "brain pacemaker," she has been… » 3/07/13 11:20am 3/07/13 11:20am