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Medicine    April 1, 2016
Wireless AI Device Tracks and Zaps the Brain, Takes Aim at Parkinson’s
Posted by Shelly Fan

Zapping the brain with implanted electrodes may sound like a ridiculously dangerous treatment, but for many patients with Parkinson’s disease, deep brain stimulation (DBS) is their only relief.

The procedure starts with open-skull surgery. Guided by MRI images, surgeons implant electrodes into deep-seated brain regions that contain malfunctioning neural networks. By rapidly delivering electrical pulses, DBS can dampen — or completely quiet — the severe motor tremors that invade Parkinson’s patients’ lives.

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