Home / Health and Science / Parkinson’s patients have new outlook on life thanks to technology

Parkinson’s patients have new outlook on life thanks to technology


New technology is helping patients with advanced Parkinson’s disease have a better quality of life. Researchers from the University of Florida and 14-other medical centers reported results on Deep Brain Stimulation or DBS yesterday. UF’s Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration Administrative Director, Michael Okun says DBS is a big breakthrough for patients.


136 patients who have had Parkinson’s disease for at least 5 years participated in the study. All patients were implanted with a lead, but only a randomized group received stimulation following surgery.  A control group did not receive the stimulation until 3 months after. Every patient was followed for a year. Okun says researchers have applied deep brain stimulation to other disorders and hope to spread it even further.


Okun says the overall goal is to provide a better, more meaningful life for patients.


Okun adds researchers hope to improve deep brain stimulation through smart devices which could provide scheduled and responsive approaches.

About Front Page Edition

Check Also

UF Counseling Services Face Increasing Amount Of Students In Distress

Academic stress and depression are increasing among UF students. 5,088 students were seen by the CWC in the 2016 to 2017 fiscal year, which is around 10% of the student body.