A tiny device placed into the brain helped a Parkinson’s disease sufferer reverse his symptoms. According to a BBC story, this is the first time such a device has been implanted in the brain to treat Parkinson’s disease.
Tony Howells received the treatment as part of the experiment at a hospital in Bristol.
DBS is designed to compensate for abnormal brain-cell firing caused by Parkinson’s disease
According to the BBC article, the tiny deep brain stimulation (DBS) gadget is intended to override aberrant brain-cell firing patterns produced by Parkinson’s disease.
The battery-operated gadget is inserted into the skull and sends electrical impulses to specific brain locations. The new surgical process just takes three hours, which is nearly half as long as the old one.
However, the twenty-five patients have been chosen for the trial, which will be completed next year. Meanwhile, Mr. Howells told the BBC that the device’s impact is “incredible.”
In 2019, he had the device implanted. Mr. Howells claimed he wanted to go for a Boxing Day walk with his wife but could only reach 200 yards (182 meters) from their car before the surgery.
“I went on Boxing Day again after the operation, which was 12 months later, and we walked for 2.5 miles (4 km), and we could’ve gone further,” he told the BBC. “It was incredible.”
There is now no medication available for Parkinson’s disease, which causes gradual brain damage over time.
Parkinson’s disease causes unintentional or uncontrollable movements, such as shaking, stiffness, and trouble with balance and coordination, according to the National Institute of Aging of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Symptoms normally start slowly and get worse over time.
People may find it difficult to walk and speak as the disease develops. They may also have mental and behavioral changes, as well as sleep issues, depression, memory problems, and exhaustion.
The majority of people get symptoms after the age of 50, although roughly one in every 20 persons under the age of 40 develops them.