Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
Beijing, Mar 2 (PTI) Chinese scientists claimed to have achieved breakthrough in treating Parkinson’’s disease with transcranial magnetic stimulation.
The stimulation is a noninvasive method which causes depolarisation in the brains” neurons so as to restore the functions of brain nerves, the official media reported quoting a provincial science and technology department.
Parkinson’’s disease is a disorder of the neural system, which leads to limb tremors and difficulty in walking and other movements.
It is a worldwide breakthrough in treating the disease with transcranial magnetic stimulation, concluded an expert panel with Heilongjiang Provincial Department of Science and Technology.
The team said it came to the conclusion after evaluating technical documents and clinical test results, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported today.
This is the first time that transcranial magnetic stimulation has been adopted to treat Parkinson’’s disease, Sun Zuodong, chairman of Aobo Medicine Apparatus Co, Ltd (AMA), the developer based in the provincial capital Harbin said.
The apparatus consists of three parts, namely brain wave stimulator, field effect cap and multiplier, Sun said.
Clinical tests over more than 100 patients showed that the apparatus had a 70 per cent success rate in reducing the disease’’s symptoms, Wang Aili, planning manager of AMA said.
The new equipment will help generation of dopamine, the reduction of which within the brain caused the disease, Wang Weixiang, a consulting doctor with the Heilongjiang Provincial Rehabilitation Hospital said.
China has two million patients suffering from Parkinson’’s disease, mostly people over the age of 50, and the number is increasing by 100,000 annually, Wang said.