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(Portland, OR)  --  An Oregon man says he's "stoked" after receiving a brain implant that's intended to improve quality of life for patients who suffer from Parkinson's disease and similar conditions.  KOIN-TV reports 68-year-old William Cronenwett had the device implanted at the Portland VA Medical Center on October 31st and is one of the few patients in the country to have such a device implanted.  Physicians say the "directional deep-brain stimulation device" can improve motor skills by treating symptoms such as essential tremor and dystonia.  Doctors will turn on the device later today and Cronenwett says he's looking forward to it.

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