Treatment for Parkinson's Disease looks promising

July 9, 2008 3:25:01 PM PDT
A newer treatment for Parkinson's Disease is helping patients live more normal lives.

Many with the disease suffer from rigidity or involuntary tremors making it difficult to walk or even sit still.

But a procedure called 'deep brain stimulation' can interrupt the tremors. Doctors implant electrodes in the brain and a pacemaker-like device in the chest.

The device then fires pulses to make the nerves work more normally. The latest study shows 70-percent of patients who had the procedure, reported significant improvement of their symptoms.

But experts say it's not a cure and the surgery is not easy.