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** This article has been revised from its original version which was published on March 5, 2013.
A recent study has shown that when patients with early Parkinson’s disease who respond to drug therapy also receive deep-brain stimulation from an implanted medical device, they are more likely to gain improvement in their symptoms and quality of life.
While brain stimulation is currently reserved for advanced Parkinson’s patients with severe complications, the findings suggest that patients at an earlier stage may gain more benefits, such as:
- Improved motor symptoms
- Reduced medication
- Reduced pain and episodes
- More ability to perform normal activities
According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, about 1.2 million Americans are currently living with Parkinson’s. This number is expected to double by 2030 because of the aging population.
The current drug treatment method for early-stage Parkinson’s patients typically loses its benefits after several years and can trigger serious side effects. This development in brain stimulation is a source of encouragement for early-stage Parkinson’s patients and their families, as well as the aging community in general.
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