Tuesday, May 17, 2005

MAGNETS USED TO TREAT DEPRESSION

The drug companies gotta hate this. Watch, you'll never hear about this again once the drug companies pay off the News Shills...
She tried antidepressants, but nothing worked. Then Franco read about Dr. Sarah Linsaby's experimental treatment at Columbia University Medical Center in New York.

The treatment, called transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, involves applying powerful electromagnets directly to the skull.

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TMS uses electromagnets to send pulses of energy directly into the left side of the brain, which is thought to control mood. In patients who are depressed, there is often less activity in this part of the brain. The magnets create an electric current and get the brain cells to fire.

"One can think of this as sort of getting a jumper cable and jump-starting your car because your battery has been drained," said Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone, who uses the treatment at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

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TMS is still in the research phase and has not been approved by the government for widespread use. Patients are generally treated for a few weeks and, if it works, the depression is staved off for months at a time.