SOURCE: OR-Live, Inc.

January 29, 2008 16:34 ET

ORLive Presents: Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Specialists in Neurology and Neurosurgery to Provide Information for Patients on Parkinson's Disease and Tremor Disorders

Live Webcast: From Saint Joseph's Hospital and Marshfield Clinic: January 31, 2008 at 4:00 PM CST (22:00 UTC)

MARSHFIELD, WI--(Marketwire - January 29, 2008) - Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for the Treatment of Parkinson's Disease and Tremor Disorders will be the seventh webcast sponsored by Saint Joseph's Hospital and Marshfield Clinic. It is set for 4-5 p.m. Thursday, January 31. To view the webcast, please log onto www.OR-Live.com.

During the webcast, Marshfield Clinic physicians on staff at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, Wisconsin will discuss the sophisticated treatment options for alleviating tremor disorders. The program will feature a pre-taped DBS procedure and real-time panel discussion and analysis.

The moderator will be Jaime Boero, MD, neurologist. Other panel members will be John Neal, MD, neurosurgeon; and Daniel Sa, MD, neurologist.

Implanting a deep brain stimulator involves precisely placing electrodes within a very small area of the brain called the thalamus that controls movement and muscle function. These electrodes are connected to a battery pack/pulse generator that is controlled through a computer device to modulate those brain areas. When the thalamus is stimulated with mild electrical signals, the tremor is suppressed. Altering brain cell activity in this area can greatly help a patient's function.

Almost identical in size to a heart pacemaker, this device can be turned on and off at will by a patient using a hand-held magnet. The pacemaker is implanted completely inside the body.

The Neurosciences Department at Marshfield Clinic and Saint Joseph's Hospital, Marshfield, includes a team of specialists -- neurosurgeons, neurologists and neurophysiologists. The tremor disorders team includes Dr. Neal, who performs the implantation and runs the surgical procedure; Dr. Sa, who selects appropriate patients, and aids in correct placement of electrodes by microelectrode recording; John Ehrfurth, Ph.D., who performs thorough evaluations to predict side effects; and Mahala Earnhart, RN, who coordinates medical care and pacemaker programming.

Visit: http://www.or-live.com/STJoseph/2042 to learn more and view a program preview. VNR: http://www.or-live.com/rams/saj-2042-mkw-q.ram.

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