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Portable Vestibular’s Electric Noise Treats Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson's Disease Treatment

Scientists at the University of Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska Academy, led by Associate Professor Filip Bergquist, have developed a wearable device capable of stimulating electric noise capable of assisting with the treatment of Parkinson’s disease in some patients, according to reports.

The device, a pocket-sized portable vestibular, works by generating electric noise which helps alleviate symptoms of the disease by stimulating a sense of balance in patients.

Dr. Bergquist was quoted by USA Today as having said that the device “is a current device” that can be used to “stimulate the balance organs without creating a balance disturbance.”

It is a current device which is very similar to the ones that people use for pain relief with electrical stimulation of muscles and nerves, what’s called TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation). The difference is that we use a particular current profile which you can stimulate the balance organs with without creating a balance disturbance.

The disease is characterized by reduced levels of dopamine in the brain. Symptoms include an impaired sense of balance, tremors, reduced mobility, slowness and stiffness.

Researchers were inclined to create a supplemental treatment for those afflicted with the disease in light of the diminishing effectiveness of drugs used in treatment such as Levodopa.

The Swedish research team indicates that the next stage of trials in the homes of patients could eventually lead to the device being made available within the next five years, assuming the trials go well.

Felix indicated that their hope with the device is to find a treatment for Parkinson’s capable of supplementing Levodopa’s shortcomings while assisting those afflicted with problems of gait and balance.

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One patient in the Parkinson’s study was not helped by the device. Doctors suspect the existence of other causes to his balance issues, however, the man is hopeful as he was quoted having said, “I still believe that something will be found at some point which could prove useful.”

The devices works by providing stimulation via a network of patches connected to the vestibular system behind the ears of patients.

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