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In U.S. First, Surgeons Implant Brain 'Pacemaker' for Alzheimer's Disease
sciencedaily.com ^ | 12/5/2012

Posted on 12/07/2012 5:11:10 AM PST by RoosterRedux

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine in November surgically implanted a pacemaker-like device into the brain of a patient in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, the first such operation in the United States. The device, which provides deep brain stimulation and has been used in thousands of people with Parkinson's disease, is seen as a possible means of boosting memory and reversing cognitive decline.

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The surgery involves drilling holes into the skull to implant wires into the fornix on either side of the brain. The fornix is a brain pathway instrumental in bringing information to the hippocampus, the portion of the brain where learning begins and memories are made, and where the earliest symptoms of Alzheimer's appear to arise. The wires are attached to a pacemaker-like device, the "stimulator," which generates tiny electrical impulses into the brain 130 times a second. The patients don't feel the current, Rosenberg says.

For the trial, all of the patients will be implanted with the devices. Half will have their stimulators turned on two weeks after surgery, while the other half will have their stimulators turned on after one year. Neither the patients nor the doctors treating them will know which group gets an early or later start.

"Deep brain stimulation might prove to be a useful mechanism for treating Alzheimer's disease, or it might help us develop less invasive treatments based on the same mechanism," Rosenberg says.

(Excerpt) Read more at sciencedaily.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alzheimers; bakingsoda; brainpacemaker; gumdisease

1 posted on 12/07/2012 5:11:14 AM PST by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux

God help us. While alzheimers is certainly a terrible condition, do you really want them drilling holes in your mom or dad’s head??


2 posted on 12/07/2012 5:15:45 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: RoosterRedux

There is already too much fornixation on hippocampus.


3 posted on 12/07/2012 5:16:03 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Sacajaweau
My grandmother, who lived with my family when I was growing up, contracted Alzheimer's.

I would say at some point, I would have wanted to have wires in her head if it would help.

Alzheimer's is horrific.

4 posted on 12/07/2012 5:18:26 AM PST by RoosterRedux (He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats)
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To: Holly_P

May be of interest to you.


5 posted on 12/07/2012 5:19:25 AM PST by Graybeard58 ("Civil rights” leader and MSNB-Hee Haw host Al Sharpton - Larry Elder)
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To: RoosterRedux

Commie plot for mind control?


6 posted on 12/07/2012 5:21:22 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: Larry Lucido
:-)

Under the old archways leading to the football stadium.

7 posted on 12/07/2012 5:22:09 AM PST by RoosterRedux (He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats)
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To: Sacajaweau

If it would help slow or stop the disease, absolutely. I took care of my step-dad as he died from Alzheimer’s and now I am working in a nursing home and dealing with a lot of people with it. So horribly sad to see people that no longer recognize spouses or children and get progressively worse every day. The people “die” way before their hearts stop.


8 posted on 12/07/2012 5:32:47 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Sacajaweau
God help us. While alzheimers is certainly a terrible condition, do you really want them drilling holes in your mom or dad’s head??

Absolutely. I've seen what Alzheimers can do to someone. It takes away almost everything of what they once where as a person, and towards the end, unable to go to the toilet, eat or even communicate. Having holes drilled into your head to prolong cognitive function for as long as possible is small potatoes indeed compared to the alternative, but even this will only prolong normality, it will not stop the progress of the disease. After seeing what I've seen, if I was diagnosed, I'd be sorely tempted to make the holes in my head myself, by blowing my brains out...

9 posted on 12/07/2012 5:35:16 AM PST by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: Sacajaweau
God help us. While alzheimers is certainly a terrible condition, do you really want them drilling holes in your mom or dad’s head??

If it'll slow or halt Alzheimers, absolutely.

10 posted on 12/07/2012 5:45:08 AM PST by ScottinVA (I've never been more disgusted with American voters.)
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To: RoosterRedux

bump for later. Thanks.


11 posted on 12/07/2012 5:48:02 AM PST by Sal (Pres and State watched our people get raped and murdered in REAL TIME and did nothing!)
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To: RoosterRedux

I’m thinking of the implications of this, under Obamacare.


12 posted on 12/07/2012 5:51:41 AM PST by txrangerette ("hold to the truth...speak without fear". (Glenn Beck))
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To: Sacajaweau

Let me weigh in on the side of the “Yes, please drill holes in their heads if it will help” group.


13 posted on 12/07/2012 5:52:52 AM PST by sockmonkey (Of Course I didn't read the article. After all, this is FreeRepublic..)
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To: chessplayer
Commie plot for mind control?

They did that years ago... because boys want to be boys!


14 posted on 12/07/2012 5:56:25 AM PST by WVKayaker ("Hang in there, America. Fight for what is right." - Sarah Palin 11/7/12)
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

Agreed.

Deep brain stimulation is not something new, if this is the next step in research in delaying Alzheimers symptoms it is perfectly reasonable. I would not hesitate to advise my mother or father to go this route.


15 posted on 12/07/2012 6:04:23 AM PST by Cathy
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To: Bigg Red

mark


16 posted on 12/07/2012 6:19:50 AM PST by Bigg Red (Sorry, Mr. Franklin, I guess we couldn't keep it.)
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To: Sacajaweau

I know a guy with Parkinson’s and it helped him tremendously.


17 posted on 12/07/2012 6:22:34 AM PST by tiki
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To: Cathy

I already have two holes in my head, they are for hearing; and I use a deep brain stimulation process called Gin and Rockabilly, generally about 4x a year to keep it special. The deluxe package includes a neck rub and jokes.

If the day arrives when this no longer does the job, I would gladly go with any experimental technique rather than accept Alzheimer’s, which I’ve some unforgettable, tragic acquaintance with.


18 posted on 12/07/2012 6:27:10 AM PST by HomeAtLast
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To: Sacajaweau

My father had advanced Parkinson’s. I had wished he would have come up from Florida to have the deep brain stimulation surgery while it would have still been worthwhile, as I live near Johns Hopkins. It’s not such a great disease. Holes in the head? Sure.


19 posted on 12/07/2012 6:31:52 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: RoosterRedux

I would like to recommend that Obama be put on the list.


20 posted on 12/07/2012 6:49:54 AM PST by Rappini (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

I agree with everything you said. People who havent experienced the pain, frustration and saddness of alzheimers with their loved ones shouldn’t be so quick to say, ‘this but not that’. The just don’t understand.


21 posted on 12/07/2012 6:50:00 AM PST by kdot
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To: RoosterRedux

FINALLY!!! A cure for my CRS disease. Wonder if I can get the same effect without surgery by sticking my finger in a wall outlet?


22 posted on 12/07/2012 7:13:06 AM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: RoosterRedux

For years, dentists have suspected that at least one major cause of Alzheimer’s may be based in chronic gum infections.

Typically, it is difficult for bacteria to get in the brain, and very difficult for them to get back out of the brain. But a chronic gum infection may give them an opportunity to pass through capillaries unaffected by the blood-brain barrier.

The plaque associated with Alzheimer’s may actually be the remains of many years worth of dead bacteria.

However if this is the case, to prevent at least a percentage of Alzheimer’s cases may be as simple as periodically brushing the teeth with common powered baking soda, alternating days with regular toothpaste against tooth plaque and to provide fluoride.

Baking soda is a specific against the five common spirochete bacteria that live in the mouth, killing them in just a few seconds. Along with a water pick, which disrupts bacterial colonies hiding behind the gums, this would seem to be all that is required.

Though there is no statistical proof of this, at least one dentist commented that Alzheimer’s was much rarer when a baking soda and salt combination was used as toothpaste, then there was a sharp increase about 25 years after regular toothpaste began being widely used.

He also noted that commercial baking soda toothpaste is not concentrated enough for this antimicrobial effect.

Since alternatively brushing with baking soda is neither expensive nor difficult, it should be recommended as a possible preventative regime against Alzheimer’s.


23 posted on 12/07/2012 7:49:36 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Pennies and Nickels will NO LONGER be Minted as of 1/1/13 - Tim Geithner, US Treasury Sect)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Very interesting. Worth a try.


24 posted on 12/07/2012 9:26:26 AM PST by RoosterRedux (He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats)
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To: Swordmaker

Ping.


25 posted on 12/07/2012 10:02:32 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which “liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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