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Newswise — Daniel Duran rose at 3:30 a.m. one August morning to have electrodes stuck into his brain. Called deep-brain stimulation (DBS), the surgery changed his life. Instead of long, frozen "off" periods due to Parkinson's disease, Duran now enjoys hours at a time when he can move about.
Could DBS help patients with Alzheimer's disease? While there are hints it might, the therapy requires delicate surgery and it does not work for all patients. Alzforum reporter Amber Dance visited the operating room to see how DBS works in practice, and to explore its potential as a treatment for Alzheimer's . Follow her story here.
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