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could deep brain stimulation develop to become a cure for diseases such as alzheimer's and parkinson's?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
52 years experience Neurology
Control measure: Dbs is not a cure currently and doubtful it will be a panacea. Yet, valuable when meds start failing in parkinson's but not yet in use for alzheimer's.
Answered on Sep 16, 2013
Dr. Jefferson Chen
34 years experience Neurosurgery
Watch for updates: Dbs for alzheimer's is a field with a lot of research being done. It is hard to predict what will be the outcome. There are some preliminary data from hopkins that shows promise. There is also a big initiative to study this further and there are formal clinical trials in the works.
Answered on Sep 16, 2013
Dr. Milind Deogaonkar
28 years experience Neurosurgery
No: DBS just modifies the neural circuitry to optimize the output of brain. It does not affect the genes or cells on a structural level. Cell based therapies in future could cure these diseases.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017

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