Deep Brain Stimulation
Deep Brain Stimulation or DBS is a neuroprosthetic type. Currently DBS devices are in essence, a pacemaker for the brain. There is, however, no reason why they have to stay as simply that, and the term can easily open up to include any kind of implant deep into the brain for regulation or replacement of functions.
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Powering a neuroprosthetic is a tricky issue. As most of these devices are implanted either on the surface of the brain, or deep inside its folds, it is not a trivial matter to pop it out and change the battery. But, what if the same sugar that feeds the brain, could also feed the prosthetic?
A look at one of Arthur C Clarke's quotes on training the brain to understand a new sense, and comparing that to actual experimentation with deep brain prosthetics.
A second part to Wired's article "Rewiring the Brain: Inside the New Science of Neuroengineering", continuing on along the same lines; looking at the work of Dr. Ed Boyden, and his prototype Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation machine.
Following an interesting attempt at using nanotech material to 'hide' a deep brain electrode array from the auto-immune system, and allow it to interface for far, far longer.
Industry news, originally posted 18-03-2005. Stimulating specific brain areas can cause monkeys to carry out complex behaviors, showing that such behaviors are hardwired into the primate mind.
An interesting quote from the slightly obscure cyberpunk novel We can Build You, discussing details of a mood altering piano which does correspond well to what we know of the brain. Hook it up to a device which sends a different stimulation signal for every note played, and brain music takes on a whole new meaning.
Here we see a control room deep in a bunker complex. On one of the screens in front of the operator, a live video feed has just opened. What is perhaps unusual about the feed, is it is coming directly from someone's brain. A small monkey in a bio-jar, next to the woman it thinks of as its friend, family, loved one, has just noticed two decidedly unfriendly shapes surfacing out in the ocean, presumably having walked along the sea floor. Its eyes have focussed on them, and its brain processed the images.
Industry news, originally posted 11-04-2005. Neuroscientists now understand at least some of the physiology behind a wide range of unconscious states, from deep sleep to coma.
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Patients with advanced Parkinson disease (PD) who received deep brain stimulation treatment had more improvement in movement skills and quality of life after six months than patients who received other medical therapy, but also had a higher...
St. Jude Medical has announced that all the 136 patients in a study testing the effectiveness of Libra DBS for symptoms of Parkinson's have been implanted with the device. The deep brain stimulation system targets either the subthalamic nu...
European regulators have given a green light to St. Jude Medical to market the company's Libra? and LibraXP deep brain stimulation (DBS) systems for treatment of symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
The Libra DBS systems func...
An experimental chip that could one day provide therapeutic deep brain stimulation (DBS) for drug resistant epilepsy and other conditions has been developed by Tel Aviv University researchers.
The Rehabilitation Nano Chip (Re...
Benoit Dawant, an electrical engineer at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, US, and colleagues are attempting to combine the data from a large number of patient treatments with deep brain stimulation using implanted electrodes, in order to...