Pulses of electricity delivered to the brain can help patients with Parkinson’s disease, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and possibly other conditions. But the available methods all have shortcomings: They either involve the risks of surgery, from implanting electrodes deep within the brain, or they stimulate from the skull’s surface, limiting the ability to target electricity to the right brain areas…. Full Story>
They say that “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” But this is definitely not true of the vagus nerve, which wanders from the stomach to the brain, passing through the heart, esophagus and lungs along the way.
A new study offers fresh support for an intriguing theory about the vagus nerve’s role in Parkinson’s disease, a neurological disorder that causes tremors, gait difficulties and sometimes dementia in roughly 1 million Americans and as many as 10 million people worldwide…. Full Story>
Todd Sherer, from the Michael J. Fox Foundation, authored a blog post on the Scientific American website in April. He writes: “Two centuries after its discovery, it’s still incurable—but research is accelerating, with major help from citizen scientists in the patient community.”
Here’s a very helpful article from yesterday’s STAT News about what 23andMe’s genetic reports can and cannot show…. Full Story>