Taiwan hospital praises deep-brain stimulation for Parkinson's:
This article was originally published in Clinica
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is reportedly achieving a 100% success rate in patients with Parkinson's disease being treated at Taiwan's Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital, in Hualien. The claim is made by Chen Hsin-Yuan, director of the hospital's Parkinson's treatment and research centre. All 110 patients treated at the hospital (accounting for 44% of all DBS procedures in Taiwan, according to the China Post) have benefited from the method, he claims, arguing that it is the best treatment for patients whose symptoms are not sufficiently regulated by medication. DBS is achieved by surgically implanting a battery-operated neurostimulator device, to deliver electrical impulses to the areas of the brain that control movement, blocking the abnormal nerve signals that cause the tremors associated with Parkinson's.