Friday, May 22, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009

Deep brain stimulation slows progression of Parkinson's disease in animal models

Researchers at the Neuroscience Institute at the University of Cincinnati and University Hospital showed that DBS not only alleviates symptoms of Parkinson's disease, but also delayes disease progression. In DBS, high-frequency stimulating electrodes can promote the release of specific neurotrophic factor, which prevents the death of dopamine-producing cells in the brain.

Please refer to the original article by clicking on the link below.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/09/080902171151.htm

Monday, February 9, 2009

Westwego Rotary Club

Dr. Richter joined the Westwego Rotary Club for lunch today to tell them about the Southeastern Lousiana Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Coalition. They are the first organization to participate in the Coalition's first outreach effort -- a community needs assessment.

If you would be willing to fill out a very quick 10 question checkbox form, we would certainly appreciate your participation! email us at neurosurgery@lsuhsc.edu

We would especially appreciate the help if you are involved in any churches or groups who might be willing to help us with this. Please, let us know!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Recent research on DBS for PD patients looks promising

In this artcle, CNN discusses the largest study (led by Frances Weaver, Ph.D., director of the Center for Management of Complex Chronic Care at the Hines VA Hospital, in Hines, Illinois) that has been done on deep brain stimulation surgery for the treatment of Parkinson's disease.

Other researchers and doctors agree that this treatment option looks very promising.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/01/06/parkinsons.deep.brain.stimulation/