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Deep brain stimulation restores a Parkinson’s patient’s ability to stay active
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No one knows exactly why some people develop Parkinson’s disease. It can seemingly strike at random, though genetics and environmental factors are thought to play a role. The neurological disorder can cause a myriad of symptoms, including a hallmark tremor and other uncontrollable movements and cognitive decline. Parkinson’s disease is progressive and there is no cure. But a procedure called deep brain stimulation (DBS), which involves implanting an electrical device in the brain, can, when combined with medication, provide relief from symptoms and help patients regain control of movement. It’s become a lifeline for thousands of people with Parkinson’s disease. Read about Renee Smith’s remarkable comeback story here

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