Doctors at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are experimenting with an implanted “pacemaking” device in Alzheimer’s patients to them retain independence. The device allows the patient to undergo Deep Brain Stimulation therapy, according to Futurism.
This therapy involves implanting electric wires deep into a patient’s brain and connecting them to a battery pack implanted in the chest. The pack sends electric currents through the wires to stimulate the part of the brain that controls the abilities to plan, problem-solve, and use judgment.
The Ohio State tests have shown positive results in all three of the patients in the pilot study, and the progression of the disease significantly slowed in two patients, according to a paper published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. By turning back on parts of the brain, the two patients could be able to retain quality of life longer than those not undergoing the therapy. While it may not be able to defeat the disease itself, Deep Brain Stimulation seems to have the potential to provide patients and their families some welcome, immediate relief.
Read the full study and analysis at Futurism.