Brain wave recording reveals potential for new Parkinson’s disease treatments

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Pioneering long-term wireless neural recordings in patients with Parkinson’s disease by UC San Francisco scientists lays the groundwork for personalized brain stimulation to treat Parkinson’s and other neurological disorders.

In a study published today online in Nature Biotechnology, UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences researchers implanted novel neurostimulation devices that monitor brain activity for many months, with and without deep brain stimulation therapy. Pairing the brain recordings with wearable monitors of movement, they identified patterns of brain activity corresponding to specific movement abnormalities. Their research provides the first evidence, during normal activities of daily living, for a long-held hypothesis that Parkinson’s symptoms are related to erratic brain wave patterns, and demonstrate how DBS restores order to patient brain waves.
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