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Pitt researchers using mathematics to target Parkinson's disease symptoms
Date:11/9/2011

used surgical treatment in which an implanted electrode literally penetrates the brain and sends out electrical impulses.

"It's not quite understood how deep brain stimulation works," said Rubin. "But it may be similar to the white noise of a window fan: It's right there in your window next to you, so it's potentially more distracting than a woodpecker. But actually, the regularity of the rhythm is less disruptive for you and your brain."

Pitt researchers are trying to understand the neuronal activity patterns so they can improve the deep brain stimulation procedure, making it more individualized and efficient.


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Contact: B. Rose Huber
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412-624-4356
University of Pittsburgh
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