Treatment’s promise moves beyond movement disorders
By Tom Valeo
Posted in The DANA Foundation’s BRAINWORK
Vol. 18, No. 3 | May – June 2008

Electrically stimulating the hypothalamus of a morbidly obese man failed to curb his appetite, but jogged his memory instead, and that has pushed researchers to study whether the technique may hold promise for bolstering the failing memory of people with Alzheimer’s disease. The incident, reported in January, adds to the list of brain disorders in which deep brain stimulation, or DBS, is being used or tested.

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