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Persistence pays off: After 8‑year follow-up, study finds robust and sustained antidepressant response to deep brain stimulation (DBS)

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Long-Term Fol­low-Up Data Shows Deep Brain Stim­u­la­tion Is an Effec­tive Treat­ment for Treat­ment-Resis­tant Depres­sion (Mount Sinai press release):

A study pub­lished online on Fri­day, Octo­ber 4, in The Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Psy­chi­a­try found that deep brain stim­u­la­tion (DBS) of an area in the brain called the sub­cal­los­al cin­gu­late (SCC) pro­vides a robust anti­de­pres­sant effect that is sus­tained over a long peri­od of time in patients with treat­ment-resis­tant depres­sion Read the rest of this entry »

Next: Targeted neurotechnology to augment–perhaps even take over–neuropharmacology

deep-brain-stimulationNeu­rotech­nol­o­gy offers new solu­tions to treat­ing brain dis­eases (Dell Tech Cul­ture):

A new wave of med­ical tech­nolo­gies is chang­ing the way we approach study­ing the brain and treat­ing patients suf­fer­ing from neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­eases and men­tal ill­ness.

For peo­ple suf­fer­ing from Parkinson’s, epilep­sy, OCD and severe depres­sion, these tech­no­log­i­cal advance­ments are Read the rest of this entry »

Medtronic ranked #3 Holder of Pervasive Neurotech Intellectual Property*

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One of the world’s largest med­ical tech­nol­o­gy com­pa­nies, Medtron­ic man­u­fac­tures devices to treat car­dio­vas­cu­lar, dia­betes, and mus­cu­loskele­tal con­di­tions, in addi­tion to neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions. Medtron­ic’s Neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion busi­ness includes Read the rest of this entry »

Non-invasive brain stimulation meets nanotechnology

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MIT Researchers Devel­op Wire­less, Non­in­va­sive Deep Brain Stim­u­la­tion Approach (Med Device online):

Sci­en­tists have intro­duced a nov­el method of admin­is­ter­ing brain stim­u­la­tion that requires no implants or exter­nal con­nec­tions. By inject­ing mag­net­ic nanopar­ti­cles into the brain, researchers have found that they can manip­u­late neu­rons by apply­ing exter­nal mag­net­ic fields Read the rest of this entry »

Good survey of brain stimulation methods, value and limitations

brain_stimulationStim­u­lat­ing the Brain: From If to How (The Dana Foun­da­tion):

Recent years have brought mod­ern meth­ods of brain stim­u­la­tion into the main­stream of neu­rol­o­gy and psy­chi­a­try. But their mechanism—how exact­ly deep brain stim­u­la­tion (DBS) relieves Parkinson’s dis­ease symp­toms and how repet­i­tive tran­scra­nial mag­net­ic stim­u­la­tion (rTMS) improves depres­sion, for example—remains obscure. Research Read the rest of this entry »

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