depression

Depression can be treated with electromagnets (better than drugs)

Saturday, September 25, 2010 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer
Tags: depression, electromagnets, health news

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
BACK INTO THE CLOSET: Why U.S. reporters are not allowed to write about rainbow events in nations where being gay is still condemned
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
A family destroyed: Six-month-old dies after clinic injects baby with 13 vaccines at once without mother's informed consent
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
INVESTIGATION: Three days before Dr. Bradstreet was found dead in a river, U.S. govt. agents raided his research facility to seize a breakthrough cancer treatment called GcMAF
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority
NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit
Chemotherapy kills cancer patients faster than no treatment at all
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
Italian court rules mercury and aluminum in vaccines cause autism: US media continues total blackout of medical truth
The 21 curious questions we're never allowed to ask about vaccines
SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision may have just legalized the concealed carry of loaded firearms across all 50 states, nullifying gun laws everywhere
Orthorexia Nervosa - New mental disorder aimed at people who insist on eating a clean diet
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Nearly every mass shooting in the last 20 years shares one surprising thing? and it's not guns
Delicious
(NaturalNews) A therapy known as repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), which involves inducing electromagnetic fields in the brain, may ease the symptoms of depression in hard-to-treat patients better than antidepressant drugs, researchers have found.

"This study should help settle the debate about whether rTMS works for depression," said lead researcher Mark George of the Medical University of South Carolina. "We can now follow up clues suggesting ways to improve its effectiveness, and hopefully further develop a potential new class of stimulation treatments for other brain disorders."

RTMS therapy uses highly focused magnetic pulses similar in strength to those produced by an MRI to induce an electric current in the Dorsilateral Prefrontal Cortex in the front left portion of the brain. Over the course of a single, 37-minute session, the brain is exposed to a total of 3,000 such pulses.

RTMS is the only FDA-approved biological depression treatment besides antidepressant drugs and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT, also known as electroshock therapy). It functions under basically the same mechanism as ECT, but without inducing seizures.

Prior studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of rTMS, leading the FDA to approve it as a treatment for depression in 2008. Since then, more than 20,000 procedures have been performed. Yet because scientists had never been able to develop a way to test the device against a placebo -- study participants were consistently able to tell whether they were receiving the real treatment or not -- critics have questioned the validity of the therapy.

For the new study, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, researchers developed a device that causes the same eye-twitching and skull-tapping sensation induced by an rTMS machine, but without making use of electromagnetic fields. This sham treatment device and its physical effects appeared so similar to that of the real device that even the researchers could not tell them apart.

The researchers tested either true rTMS or the sham device on 190 patients who had suffered from serious depression for between three months and five years. All study participants had previously been treated with at least one antidepressant drug but had failed to respond.

After at least three weeks of treatment, 14 percent of the patients in the rTMS group experienced remission of symptoms, compared with only 5 percent in the sham treatment group.

"The effect sizes we report with rTMS are about on par with what you see with antidepressant medications," said researcher Sarah Lisanby of Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. "The difference is that to get into our study, people had to have failed to have responded to a medication. And studies show that with previous failure to respond to an antidepressant, the rate of success for a second antidepressant is lower."

The researchers found that rTMS was more effective in patients who had previously taken only one antidepressant than in patients who had taken more than one.

"It is looking as if rTMS would be more effective earlier in the treatment course rather than later," said Matthew Rudorfer, of the National Institute of Mental Health, which funded the study.

Although the study was conducted without any industry support, all the researchers reported financial relationships with companies involved in rTMS. In addition, Columbia University holds an rTMS patent in Lisanby's name.

Participants in both the real- and sham-treatment groups suffered some side effects such as headaches and nausea. These effects were more common in participants that underwent true rTMS. Unlike antidepressants, however, rTMS does not circulate through the body and should have no systemic side effects such as dry mouth, sexual dysfunction, upset stomach or weight gain.

In contrast with ECT, no sedation is required for rTMS and patients can drive themselves to and from their appointments.

Sources for this story include: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.... http://www.boston.com/news/health/articles/2... http://www.usprwire.com/Detailed/Health_Well... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electroconvulsi... http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/booster_shot... http://www.webmd.com/depression/news/2010050....

Explore more on Depression by searching on GoodGopher.com, the search engine for truth seekers.
Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.