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Pacemaker could help treat Alzheimer's

Pacemaker could help treat Alzheimer's

Pacemakers regulate the beat of a weak heart and ease the tremors caused by Parkinson's disease, and now Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers hope the devices also will slow down the symptoms of Alzheimer's. Doctors at Hopkins and four other medical institutions will spend the next year implanting pacemakers in the brains of 40 patients with early-onset Alzheimer's as part of a clinical trial looking at whether deep electric stimulation of the brain can slow down or reverse memory and cognitive declines. The federally funded study will build on findings by a smaller Canadian trial, in which pacemakers implanted in six Alzheimer's patients showed evidence of improving...