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Repetitive TMS Effective for Comorbid Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety

Repetitive TMS Effective for Comorbid Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) showed efficacy in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) and comorbid anxiety, according to results from a study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders. Researchers conducted a single-site, nonrandomized, comparison study of 248 patients who received rTMS therapy for treatment-resistant MDD. Among those included, 172 participants had a minimum of 1 comorbid […]

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High-frequency Brain Stimulation Is Superior for Parkinson’s Patients, Study Suggests

High-frequency Brain Stimulation Is Superior for Parkinson’s Patients, Study Suggests

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), given at high or low frequency, effectively reduces motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease patients, but the effects of high-frequency rTMS are superior and last longer, a clinical trial shows. Investigators also found that the treatment is more effective in patients with akinetic-rigid Parkinson’s — those with slow movements and rigidity — than in patients with […]

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Neuroplasticity and the next wave of antidepressant strategies

Abstract Depression is a common chronic psychiatric disorder that is also often co-morbid with numerous neurological and immune diseases. Accumulating evidence indicates that disturbances of neuroplasticity occur with depression, including reductions of hippocampal neurogenesis and cortical synaptogenesis. Improper trophic support stemming from stressor-induced reductions of growth factors, most notably brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), likely […]

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TMS for Perinatal Depression

TMS for Perinatal Depression

By Paul Croarkin, DO, Research Committee Co-chair and Philip Janicak, MD, Research Committee Member Introduction Perinatal depressions are serious, debilitating conditions which are often under-recognized; and, even when properly diagnosed, often sub-optimally treated.  Notably, they can contribute to problematic maternal behaviors such as substance use, poor self-care, non-adherence to prenatal care, and a heightened risk for […]

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Magnetic Brain Stimulation Flops in VA Trial: Both sham and active rTMS produce high remission rates; unclear why

Magnetic Brain Stimulation Flops in VA Trial: Both sham and active rTMS produce high remission rates; unclear why

by Elizabeth Hlavinka, MedPage Today InternJune 27, 2018 About 40% of patients with treatment-resistant major depression achieved remission in a randomized trial of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) — but the rate was virtually the same with sham treatment versus active stimulation, researchers said. Among 81 patients in Veterans Affairs medical centers assigned to active rTMS, 33 […]

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The Benefits of TMS & TBS with MagVita

The Benefits of TMS & TBS with MagVita

TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) is an FDA-cleared, non-invasive, non-drug therapy for patients with Major Depressive Disorders.  In our practice we use a highly advanced MagVita TMS therapy system that possesses unique attributes relative to other available products.  The market for TMS-based therapy has been growing, and the medical devices and accessories that are used to […]

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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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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 […]