Using tiny technology, UCLA engineers have developed devices that may offer insight into exactly how one kind of treatment is so successful in relieving tremors in some Parkinson's patients. This ScienCentral News video has more.
Deep Brain Relief
The human brain is a complicated organ and the last to be deciphered by medicine. Although we are continually gaining new understanding about the intricacies of how the brain works — especially what happens in the brain when things stop working and how to treat those issues — but science still has a long way to go.
The tremors that Steve Tarence, from Milford, Connecticut, suffered in his right arm because of Parkinson's Disease became so severe there was little he could still do by himself. "It's what they call flapping, where… the hand just takes off on you," he explains. "I couldn't go out, I couldn't turn around… life was changed completely because of it. It was really bad."
He says deep brain stimulation (DBS) gave him back much of the life Parkinson's had taken away. "I am not afraid to go out, I'm not afraid to eat soup, I'm not afraid to do so many things… it's really, really wonderful," says Tarence. It was so successful in calming the tremors in his right arm that he plans to have it done for the tremors that have now begun on his left side.