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Effectiveness of theta burst versus high-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in patients with depression (THREE-D): a randomised non-inferiority trial

Background Treatment-resistant major depressive disorder is common; repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) by use of high-frequency (10 Hz) left-side dorsolateral prefrontal cortex stimulation is an evidence-based treatment for this disorder. Intermittent theta burst stimulation (iTBS) is a newer form of rTMS that can be delivered in 3 min, versus 37·5 min for a standard 10 […]

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Ketamine: A depression drug that researchers have called ‘the most important discovery in half a century’ just got a big lift

Ketamine: A depression drug that researchers have called ‘the most important discovery in half a century’ just got a big lift

Ketamine, which has been called “the most important discovery in half a century,” just got a step closer to becoming the first new depression drug in 35 years. Johnson & Johnson, one of the pharmaceutical companies pursuing the drug’s fast-acting antidepressant qualities, presented some promising new research on Saturday that could raise the drug’s profile as a potential treatment for […]

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A New Study on Theta Burst Stimulation Out of Canada

A New Study on Theta Burst Stimulation Out of Canada

Three-minute magnetic brain stimulation treatments can reduce depression symptoms: study A three-minute treatment involving magnetic stimulation of the brain works just as well as the standard form of such therapy for people with hard-to-treat depression, a new study has found. The success of the intermittent theta-burst stimulation (iTBS) therapy could greatly increase the number of […]

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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 ObjectiveTo assess the feasibility, tolerability, […]

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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 […]