Study on the Effect of External Magnetic Stimulation on Patients With Parkinson's Disease
The purpose of this research study is to test the usefulness of external magnetic stimulation (EMS) for treating the motor, cognitive, and neuropsychiatric symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD).
Participants with Parkinson's disease will be recruited at the PADRECC of the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Enrolled participants will be randomly assigned to receive either active external magnetic stimulation or fake stimulation. The external magnetic stimulation is delivered by wearing a helmet that is embedded with many small circuits which produce a very small magnetic field around the head. The helmet is to be worn daily for two minutes immediately before bedtime for three months in a row. The helmet is for investigational use only and has not been approved for use by the FDA.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||Prospective Study on the Effect of External Magnetic Stimulation on Patients With Parkinson's Disease|
|Study Start Date:||March 2009|
|Study Completion Date:||May 2011|
Current research seeks to provide a drug-free, non-invasive and non-toxic therapy for Parkinson's disease through transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in the form of picoTesla magnetic therapy (pTMT). This therapy consists of an electronic device that emits magnetic flux densities that are more than ten million times lower than the magnetic flux density of the earth's magnetic field. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) therapy aims to manipulate overall quality of life by improving motor function, as well as cognitive and neuropsychiatric symptoms such as depression.
|United States, Pennsylvania|
|Philadelphia VA Medical Center|
|Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19104|
|Principal Investigator:||John E Duda, M.D.||Parkinson's Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Center (PADRECC), Philadelphia|
|Principal Investigator:||Timothy Roberts, Ph.D.||Department of Radiology, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia|