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Music as Medicine: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science

Music as Medicine: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science

Healing Then and Now With Music Therapeutic uses of music date back to antiquity. Healing shrines in Ancient Greece housed both hymn specialists and physicians.[2] Native American tribes chanted, danced, and played drums to heal illness. And early Christian priests used hymns to ease pain in the sick. Today, scientific studies confirm what the ancients […]

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Migraine Prevention in Adolescents: A Pilot Open-Label Study

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Migraine Prevention in Adolescents: A Pilot Open-Label Study

An interesting and unusual approach to migraines in a difficult population: Credits: Samantha L. Irwin MSc, MB BCH BAO, FRCPC, William Qubty MD, I. Elaine Allen PhD, Irene Patniyot MD, Peter J. Goadsby MD, PhD, Amy A. Gelfand MAS, MD First published: 12 March 2018 [Buy the Full Research Article HERE] Abstract Objective To assess the feasibility, […]

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Scientific American: How Ketamine Relieves Depression

Scientific American: How Ketamine Relieves Depression

Getting the Inside Dope on Ketamine’s Mysterious Ability to Rapidly Relieve Depression The notorious party drug may act as an antidepressant by blocking neural bursts in a little-understood brain region that may drive depression By Simon Makin on March 2, 2018 Ketamine has been called the biggest thing to happen to psychiatry in 50 years, due to its […]

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New therapies like TBS bring better results.

New therapies like TBS bring better results.

Melissa Banks says she struggled with depression “on and off, but mostly on” since the age of ten. She traces the cause to early life experiences, and while she doesn’t have a personal recollection of the details, her mother has helped fill the gaps in her memory.“My twin brothers were born when I was not […]

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation vs. Traditional Pharmacotherapy for Major Depressive Disorder

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation vs. Traditional Pharmacotherapy for Major Depressive Disorder

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a novel, non-invasive method of activating neural signals through the use of strong, time-varying electromagnetic fields. rTMS is primarily used for patients with treatment-resistant depression. As its reputation has grown, so has its demand. But in the world of health economics and Return on Investment (ROI) ratios, is rTMS […]

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Tolerability and Safety of Theta-Burst TMS in Patients with Major Depression

Tolerability and Safety of Theta-Burst TMS in Patients with Major Depression

Abstract The aim of this open study was to evaluate the safety and tolerability of theta-burst transcranial magnetic stimulation (TBS) and to assess preliminarily its therapeutic efficacy in patients with major depression. A total of 33 patients were assigned to receive one of four TBS protocols for 10 consecutive work days. TBS consisted of triple-pulse […]

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Sources of Parent-Offspring Resemblance for Major Depression

Sources of Parent-Offspring Resemblance for Major Depression

Question: How do effects of genetics and rearing each contribute to the transmission of risk for major depression from parents to children?   Findings: In this population register–based study of 2 269 552 offspring of intact, adoptive, not-lived-with father, stepfather, and triparental families from the general Swedish population, the effects of genes and rearing were […]

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More evidence links high-potency marijuana use to first-episode psychosis

More evidence links high-potency marijuana use to first-episode psychosis

Publish date: December 14, 2017 By Randy Dotinga Clinical Psychiatry News SAN DIEGO – High-potency marijuana use appears to be associated with an increased risk of a first psychotic episode, based on a case-control study conducted in Europe. “Daily users of a strong type of cannabis face a significant increase in the probability of developing a psychotic disorder,” reported […]

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Inside the ‘Mad Rush’ for Ketamine Treatment

Inside the ‘Mad Rush’ for Ketamine Treatment

Publish date: December 8, 2017 By Randy Dotinga Clinical Psychiatry News Ketamine, once best known as a pet anesthetic and party drug, is taking the United States by storm. Dozens of ketamine treatment centers are operating from coast to coast.Big cities like Baltimore, Boston, and Phoenix have them. So do Charleston, S.C., and Boise, Idaho. Two such clinics […]