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Tag: Parkinson’s disease

Graduate student Michael Schappe (left) and Bimal Desai, PhD, have discovered a switch that could let doctors shut down inflammation.
The Switch That Could Shut Down Inflammation – Even in the Brain
2/26/2018

Our Bimal Desai, PhD, has discovered an electrical switch within a certain type of immune cell that could let us treat inflammatory diseases including inflammation of the brain, as seen in Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s, for the first time. What he found was that this switch, called an ion channel,…

Jeff Elias, MD, pioneered the use of focused ultrasound for the treatment of the most common movement disorder, essential tremor.
Focused Ultrasound for Parkinson’s Tremor
10/31/2017

A few years ago, our Dr. Jeff Elias conducted the first test of focused ultrasound for the treatment of the most common movement disorder, a condition called essential tremor. A trial participant went into an MRI machine with a hand that shook so violently he couldn't feed himself cereal. When…

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