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. 2012 Sep 21;6:69.
doi: 10.3389/fncom.2012.00069. eCollection 2012.

Using "Smart Stimulators" to Treat Parkinson's Disease: Re-Engineering Neurostimulation Devices

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Using "Smart Stimulators" to Treat Parkinson's Disease: Re-Engineering Neurostimulation Devices

Julien Modolo et al. Front Comput Neurosci. .
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Abstract

Let's imagine the cruise control of your car locked at 120 km/h on any road in any condition (city, country, highway, sunny or rainy weather), or your car air conditioner set on maximum cold in any temperature condition (even during a snowy winter): would you find it efficient? That would probably not be the most optimal strategy for a proper and comfortable driving experience. As surprising as this may seem, this is a pretty accurate illustration of how deep brain stimulation is used today to treat Parkinson's disease motor symptoms and other neurological disorders such as essential tremor, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or epilepsy.

Keywords: Parkinson’s disease; deep brain stimulation; mathematical models; medical devices; neuroengineering.

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