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Tiny Magnetic Coils Modulate Neural Activity, May Be Safer for Deep-Brain Implants, Massachusetts General Hospital Study



6/27/2012 7:56:28 AM

Magnetic fields generated by microscopic devices implanted into the brain may be able to modulate brain-cell activity and reduce symptoms of several neurological disorders. Micromagnetic stimulation appears to generate the kind of neural activity currently elicited with electrical impulses for deep brain stimulation (DBS) -- a therapy that can reduce symptoms of Parkinson's disease, other movement disorders, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain -- and should avoid several common problems associated with DBS, report Massachusetts General Hospital investigators

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