Researchers at the University of Kansas have now studied a new electrical device
that might lead to better quality of life of victims of Parkinson's disease.
This new treatment involves implanting an electrical stimulator that helps
improve functioning and quality of life for Parkinson's patients. This
electrical device helps stimulate both sides of the brain, thus blocking the
signals that otherwise cause disabling tremor. The researchers ran a trial of
the device with 34 patients, ages ranging from 35 to 75 years for an average of
21 months. They found that on a standard scale, 22 per cent of participants
reported improved mobility and overall functioning in everyday tasks. They found
an improvement of 38 per cent in motor functioning. The researchers claim that
the results are very impressive, taking into consideration that these patients
were already receiving optimal medical treatment when the device was implanted.