Authors: Sharon Salt, Editor
A cutting-edge treatment developed by Canadian researchers has significantly restored movement in individuals with Parkinson’s disease, with investigators hailing it as going ‘beyond their wildest dreams’.
People who were previously housebound with Parkinson’s disease have reported that they are now able to walk more freely as a result of the treatment, which uses electrical stimulation. The implant has been developed in order to boost the signals sent from the brain to the limbs and vice versa.
Mandar Jog (Western University in London, Ontario, Canada) told BBC News that: “Most of our patients have had disease for 15 years and have not walked with any confidence for several years. For them to go from being home-bound, with the risk of falling, to being able to go on trips to the mall and have vacations is remarkable for me to see.”