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Deep Brain Stimulation Tested for Treating Traumatic Brain Injuries

At Weill-Cornell Medical Center, a research team tested deep brain stimulation on a man who was minimally conscious for six years due to a brain injury. Prior to the stimulation, his brain damage caused him to not be able to chew and he rarely communicated by using his thumb to set off a device. Doctors performed stimulation on the area of his brain that controls the body’s sleeping and waking. After the treatment, he could chew and swallow, speak in short sentences and move his limbs. Researchers cautioned that in cases of severe brain damage, patients probably would not respond to deep brain stimulation. The FDA has approved deep brain stimulation studies on twelve more people with brain injuries. Read the full story on this advancement in brain injury treatment by following the link