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Deep brain stimulation is becoming very precise. Surgeons place electrodes in almost any area of the brain, & turn them up or down — like a radio dial or thermostat — to correct dysfunction. Andres Lozano offers a dramatic look at emerging techniques, in which a woman with Parkinson's instantly stops shaking & brain areas eroded by Alzheimer's are brought back to life. Read the transcript & see more talks at TED.com
Once a year I lie down on a narrow, hard table, let myself be drawn into a metal tube, and submit to an MRI that extends for one and a half hours. To lie perfectly still and be told not to swallow (of course the minute you hear that, your mouth fills with saliva and you have to swallow) is not something I look forward to with great anticipation. When I fill out the questionnaire before the procedure, I say I am not claustrophobic, but if I open my eyes I know I will feel intense panic. So I shut my eyes, put on the headphones, and pray that the music they pipe in will succeed in drowning out the jackhammer-like noises the machine makes while it studies my body.
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