2. Deep brain stimulation treats tremors and Parkinson’s
University of Washington researchers have developed a deep brain stimulation system that can treat the tremors associated with Parkinson’s with little uptime that saves batteries.
Electrodes on the top of the brain are able to sense movement from tremors and a deep brain electrode delivers stimulation as needed.
Patients in the study were implanted with Medtronic’s Active PC+5 deep brain stimulation system and a strip of electrodes on top of the motor cortex in the brain that sensed essential tremor. The research team used algorithms they developed to decode signals to figure out when an essential tremor was happening to activate the DBS system.