Originally posted at http://www.cbsnews.com
December 6, 2012

(CBS News) A surgical procedure may offer new hope for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, according to scientists at Johns Hopkins University. Johns Hopkins researchers recently implanted the same brain pacemaker that has been used to effectively treat tens of thousands of patients with Parkinson’s disease in a patient with Alzheimers.

The treatment is similar to the deep brain stimulation that has alleviated Parkinson’s patients and delivers electrical charges into the parts of the brain responsible for learning and memory.

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