Deep brain stimulation may help treat Alzheimer's

February 10, 2012 2:33:39 PM PST
Deep brain stimulation has already been found to reduce tremors in patients with Parkinson's disease. It is also help suppress the appetite in obese people. Now a new report in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests this procedure could also improve memory and may help treat Alzheimer's.

Participants played a video game in which they learned locations of stores in a virtual city. They recalled the locations better if they learned them while receiving a painless boost from tiny electrodes buried deep inside their brains.

In the future, researchers say this strategy might help curb memory loss for people in early stages of Alzheimer's disease.