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Brain device may aid cerebral palsy

July 04, 2009|From Times Staff And Wire Reports

Zapping the brain with a mild electrical current appears to help patients with a difficult-to-treat form of cerebral palsy, French researchers said Wednesday.

Patients in the study were implanted with pacemaker-like devices known as deep-brain stimulators made by Medtronic Inc., which helped fund the study.

After a year, eight out of the 13 people had improvements in motor symptoms, the researchers reported in Lancet Neurology.

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