Deep Brain Stimulation 'can improve early-stage Parkinson's'

Deep Brain Stimulation 'can improve early-stage Parkinson's'

A new study has suggested Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) could be an effective treatment for Parkinson's disease, even in the early stages of the disease.

The process, which involves inserting electrodes into the brain, is currently used to alleviate symptoms of the condition but is reserved for only the most severe cases. 

However, the study by Earlystim has shown that DBS can bring about a 53 per cent improvement in the motor skills of patients with Parkinson's when used over a two-year period. Over the same period, some patients were given the best drug treatments available but showed no improvement.

Patients who underwent DBS also said their speech, writing and walking skills were better as a result.

Dr Kieran Breen from the Parkinson's UK charity said: "This new study is the first compelling evidence to demonstrate that deep brain stimulation ... may be beneficial for some people in the earlier stages of the condition."

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