Noninvasive brain stimulator may ease Parkinson’s symptoms | JHU

The students were referred to Yousef Salimpour, a Johns Hopkins Medicine postdoctoral research associate who has been studying a noninvasive Parkinson’s therapy called transcranial direct current stimulation. In this painless treatment, low-level current is passed through two electrodes placed over the head to tweak the electrical activity in specific areas of the brain. The technique can be used to excite or inhibit these nerve cells. The treatment is still considered experimental, but it has attracted much attention because it does not require surgery and is inexpensive, safe and relatively easy to administer without any side effects.


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  1. Has the team considered trying the STIM-band with ALS patients to help manage the fasciculations and whole-body spasms caused by that disease? Currently, oral Baclofen, or a pump to deliver the drug, are used to bring relief. I’m sure my sister, an 8-year ALS patient would happily try this, as would others both for their own relief and for the good of overall science!

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