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Deep Brain Stimulation Eases Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms by Boosting Dopamine

Released: August 20, 2019. In a new study of seven people with Parkinson’s disease, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report evidence that deep brain stimulation using electrical impulses jumpstarts the nerve cells that produce the chemical messenger dopamine to reduce tremors and muscle rigidity that are the hallmark of Parkinson’s disease, and increases feelings of well-being.

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