Medical Breakthroughs Reported by Click here to go to the homepage.
Be the First to Know. Click here to subscribe FREE!
Search Reports: Use quotation marks around your multi-word search terms in the box below to perform search of
Advances in health and medicine.Use " marks around search terms
What's New
News Flash
  Alternative Health
Asthma & Allergies
Breast Cancer
Cardiovascular Health
Children's Health
Dental Health
Fertility & Pregnancy
Men's Health
Mental Health
Multiple Sclerosis
Neurological Disorders
Nutrition & Wellness
Pet Health
Seniors' Health
Sports Medicine
Women's Health
Advances in health and medicine.
Click here to sign up for Medical Alerts!
Click below to access other news from Ivanhoe Broadcast News.
  Click here to get Ivanhoe's Medical Headline RSS feed Click here to listen to Ivanhoe's Medical Podcasts
Useful Links
Play It Again, Please
E-Mail a Friend
Order Books Online
Inside Science
Smart Woman
Advances in health and medicine.
Smart Woman Home
Click here to read the story
Click here to read the story
Click here to read the story
Smart Woman Home
Advances in health and medicine.
Click below to learn about Ivanhoe.
About Us
Contact Us
Ivanhoe FAQ
Our TV Partners
Travel Calendar
Advances in health and medicine.
Ivanhoe celebrates 20 years of medical news reporting reaching nearly 80 million TV households each week. Click here to learn more...
Advances in health and medicine.
Marjorie Bekaert Thomas
Advances in health and medicine.
Neurological Disorders Channel
Reported February 15, 2013

Neurostimulation Helps Parkinson’s Patients


(Ivanhoe Newswire) – The shaking, trembling, and other motor problems Parkinson’s patients encounter can make it harder for these people to go on with their everyday lives, but a new study suggests that there may be a way to reduce these motor disabilities. Researchers found subthalamic stimulation can help Parkinson’s patients’ early motor complications, ultimately improving their quality of life. 
Neurostimulation is used to treat motor problems associated with Parkinson’s disease and other disorders by sending electrical pulses to specific areas of the brain via a surgically implanted device. Researchers theorized that neurostimulation coupled with medical therapy would be able to help patients still in the earlier stages of Parkinson’s disease. 
In the study, 251 Parkinson’s patients experiencing early motor complications underwent neurostimulation along with medical therapy or medical therapy alone for two years. Researchers then evaluated participants’ quality of life, motor disability, activities of daily living, levodopa-induced motor complications, and time with good mobility and no dyskinesia.
Parkinson’s patients who had neurostimulation as well as medical therapy demonstrated more improvement in all of the categories than those who only received medical therapy, especially their quality of life which improved by 7.8 points; the medical therapy only group’s quality of life worsened by 0.2 points. 
Although neurostimulation did prove to help Parkinson’s patients, there were some complications with the neurostimulation device. A little over 17% of participants experienced serious adverse events that were related to either the surgical implantation of the device or the device itself.
However, adverse events also occurred in 44.1% of patients in the group that underwent medical therapy alone. So while there is a risk of complications when using neurostimulation, problems can still occur without the implanted device. Ultimately, it is for patients and their families to decide what option they are most comfortable with.
Source: New England Journal of Medicine, February 2013


Related Articles in Latest Medical News:

[ Back to Neurological Disorders Channel Home ]

Stay up to date on Neurological Disorders. We can notify you every time there is a medical breakthrough. Click here to sign up.
Most Recent Videos

Follow Us On:

Click here to go to Ivanhoe's Twitter page Click here to go to Ivanhoe's Facebook page Click here to go to Ivanhoe's YouTube page

Home | What's New | News Flash | Search/Latest Medical News | E-Mail Medical Alerts!
Ivanhoe FAQ | Privacy Policy | Our TV Partners | Awards | Useful Links | Play It Again, Please
RSS Feeds | Advertising/Sponsorships | Content Syndication | Reprints

Advances in health and medicine.
Copyright © 2016 Ivanhoe Broadcast News, Inc.
2745 West Fairbanks Avenue
Winter Park, Florida 32789
(407) 740-0789

P.O. Box 865
Orlando, Florida 32802

Premium Content in Latest Medical News Denotes Premium Content in Latest Medical News