BRAIN-STIMULATING HELMET MAY HELP PARKINSON’S PATIENTS (Popular Science):
“When Michelle Lane was incapacitated by Parkinson’s disease, her best option was brain surgery. Electrical leads were surgically implanted into her skull, and a pacemaker-like device installed to deliver electrical signals to the movement region of the brain.
Now researchers from Johns Hopkins University are developing a way to achieve the same effect without surgery…It uses external electrodes to deliver a low-level current to the motor cortex of the brain, and is based on…a noninvasive brain stimulation therapy called transcranial direct current stimulation. In the therapy two spongy electrodes are put on the skull and a small, sometimes imperceptible current is sent through them to a target region of the brain.
Since the STIMband is just a prototype, there will need to be more testing to further verify its efficacy and to rule out any placebo effect…for those with Parkinson’s it might be very helpful to use in conjunction with medication, since one modality would not interfere with the other.”