10/17/2010 // US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
U.S. – A new study suggests magnet therapy may help patients with depression that is difficult to treat. As reported by HealthDay News, researchers found that the use of magnetic impulses for brain stimulation may work for extended periods when used in conjunction with antidepressants.
Study leader Dr. Philip Janicak, a professor of psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, is quoted in the report as stating of the findings, “We wanted to address the question of whether the benefit of TMS [transcranial magnetic stimulation] can be sustained over a reasonable time… Based on this trial, the answer is yes.”
Janicak is further quoted as stating that the small study “indicates that we can maintain the benefit of TMS over six months, and do it safely — there were no further risks associated with the use of TMS in combination with antidepressant drugs.”
More information about the research may be found in the October publication of Brain Stimulation.
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