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Deep brain stimulation hinders Parkinson’s for ten years and counting

In 1993, French scientists first reported that electrodes implanted into the brains of people with Parkinson’s disease could drastically improve motor function and slow disease progression. And in the intervening two decades, this surgical technique, known as deep brain stimulation (DBS), has been used in around 60,000 people with the neurodegenerative disease. But given the brief availability of DBS, researchers have a poor understanding of how well the treatment works in the long-term. A new study, however, suggests that the treatment can improve the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease patients even up to a decade after doctors first implant electrodes. 

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