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Brain Pacemakers Help Parkinson's Disease Sufferers

A cure has yet to be found for Parkinson's Disease. But now sufferers can regain a large portion of their quality of life with what's known as a brain pacemaker. It uses deep brain stimulation from weak electrical impulses to block the neuronal output of the cortex's dysfunctional area. This way, it can help normalize brain functioning.

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With the pacemaker calling the shots, the typical symptoms of Parkinson's - slowness of movement, shaking, stiffness and difficulties walking and maintaining balance - regress or even disappear.