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Deep brain stimulation 'offers hope' for Parkinson's

Deep brain stimulation 'offers hope' for Parkinson's
27th February 2009

People suffering from Parkinson's disease have been offered hope after a recent study found deep brain technology to be helpful in improving both physical abilities and quality of life.

It was discovered in a recent study conducted for the Journal of the American Medical Association that 71 per cent of those receiving the treatment on a six-month run had improved symptoms, with only 32 per cent of those not treated seeing a similar outcome.

Director of research and development at the Parkinson's Disease Society (PDS) Dr Kieran Breen said the results are interesting to his organisation, adding that he and his colleagues are "cautiously optimistic".

He continued: "We know that deep brain stimulation can be effective in up to four per cent of people with Parkinson's, and we have campaigned that it should be available in the UK for all people who might benefit."

The PDS is the leading non-commercial research trust for Parkinson's disease in the UK and prioritises the slowing and halting of the progression of Alzheimer's.

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