E-stem gives Parkinson’s the Middle Finger

Posted: June 24, 2013 in Health, Life
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Marking Parkinson's

Marking Parkinson’s (Photo credit: EMSL)

Parkinson’s Disease:  It is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. The motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease result from the death of dopamine-generating cells in the substantia nigra, a region of the midbrain; the cause of this cell death is unknown. Early in the course of the disease, the most obvious symptoms are movement-related; these include shakingrigidityslowness of movement and difficulty with walking and gait. Later, thinking and behavioral problems may arise, with dementia commonly occurring in the advanced stages of the disease, whereas depression is the most common psychiatric symptom. Other symptoms include sensory, sleep and emotional problems. Parkinson’s disease is more common in the elderly, with most cases occurring after the age of 50. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Many people have seen Michael J. Fox’s battle with Parkinson’s since the age of 30. Others witnessed Mohammad Ali’s struggle with this disease. It affects nearly 1 million people in the United States.

Researchers have tried something new. Its not a drug, but rather an electrical stimulant. It is essentially a pace maker for the brain.

I’m linking a video to one of the first case studies. You can mash here.  You can clearly see the effects of the disease switch on and off via remote control.

 

 

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