Also in the news for July 30, 2014 . . .

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Alzheimer's patient receives first-ever brain 'pacemaker'

In an effort that is hoped to boost memory and reverse cognitive decline, surgeons at Johns Hopkins hospital recently placed a pacemaker-like device into the brain of a patient with Alzheimer's disease. The implanted device provides deep brain stimulation via low voltage electrical charges and has been used in patients with Parkinson's disease. The first-of-its-kind operation could lead to a new treatment protocol, according to experts.

Pacemaker could be effective in milder form of heart failure, study finds


A pacemaker typically only used in advanced cases of heart failure could be an effective treatment in milder cases too, according to Swedish researchers.