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CNN: Vital Signs with Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Mapping The Brain

Deep brain stimulation has been around for decades, but now two doctors at the University of Florida are pushing the boundaries of this procedure by placing electrodes inside the brain to treat disorders like Parkinson's disease, dystonia and tremors. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta goes inside the OR of this unconventional team of doctors as they attempt to treat a young woman suffering from the debilitating effects of Tourette's syndrome. With the help of an entirely new device placed directly on the brain, they hope to map the brain's activity and relieve this young woman from a lifetime of uncontrollable outbursts and severe tics. It's an insightful and emotional episode of Vital Signs, looking at the ethical questions of manipulating the brain and tries to understand the mysterious secrets that still need to be unlocked for those who suffer from brain disorders.
Release date2014-10-15
Duration30 min
LangEnglish
GenreLifestyle
Episode No. out of Series Total8
Production CountryUnited States
Production Year2014
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