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Transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy cleared by FDA

Transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy cleared by FDA
NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is now the only FDA-cleared TMS treatment in the United States delivered in under 19 minutes. The next generation NeuroStar system is designed to benefit both physicians and patients, with increased convenience and scheduling flexibility for patients who need to fit daily treatment into their busy lives, and doctors looking to provide therapy to a growing patient population.
18th April 2017

Blood test unlocks frontier in treating depression

Blood test unlocks frontier in treating depression
  Doctors for the first time can determine which medication is more likely to help a patient overcome depression, according to research that pushes the medical field beyond what has essentially been a guessing game of prescribing antidepressants.
30th March 2017

Brain stimulation improves cognitive problems

Brain stimulation improves cognitive problems
"A beautiful, lobular structure," is how Krystal Parker describes the cerebellum - a brain region located at the base of the skull just above the spinal column. The cerebellum is most commonly associated with movement control, but work from Parker's lab and others is gradually revealing a much more complex role in cognition that positions the cerebellum as a potential target for treating diseases that affect thinking, attention, and planning, such as schizophrenia.
29th March 2017


Video games and 'brain training': playing to beat the blues

Video games and 'brain training': playing to beat the blues
Video games and 'brain training' applications are increasingly touted as an effective treatment for depression. A UC Davis study found that when the video game users were messaged reminders, they played the game more often and in some cases increased the time spent playing. "Through the use of carefully designed persuasive message prompts ... mental health video games can be perceived and used as a more viable and less attrition-ridden treatment option," according to the study.
27th March 2017

Natural brain opioids may be better to treat anxiety

Natural brain opioids may be better to treat anxiety
Boosting natural brain opioids may be a better way to treat disabling emotions, says new research revealing their role in regulating critical brain circuits affecting fear and anxiety. Published in Nature Communications by University of Sydney scholars, the findings suggest medications that boost the effect of natural brain opioids might be a better way to reduce anxiety than 'receptor-binding' opioid drugs like morphine, which have major side effects.
23rd March 2017

Mini-apps IntelliCare help alleviate depression and anxiety

Mini-apps IntelliCare help alleviate depression and anxiety
  Soon you can seek mental health advice on your smartphone as quickly as finding a good restaurant. A novel suite of 13 speedy mini-apps called IntelliCare resulted in participants reporting significantly less depression and anxiety by using the apps on their smartphones up to four times a day, reports a Northwestern Medicine study.
9th January 2017

Near-infrared light could potentially treat PTSD

Near-infrared light could potentially treat PTSD
After years of studying the effects of near-infrared light on veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injuries, a team led by a University of Texas at Arlington bioengineer has published groundbreaking research in Nature's Scientific Reports that could result in an effective, long-term treatment for brain disorders. Professor Hanli Liu was the primary investigator on the project.
7th September 2016

Personalised wearable can help autistic adults manage anxiety

Personalised wearable can help autistic adults manage anxiety
Reflecting back on incidents can help people manage their anxiety. However, since traditional reflection aids such as written diaries are often abandoned, wearable technology could provide the solution. Human computer interaction specialists at Lancaster University have worked with adults diagnosed with autism to create prototype personalised wristband devices called Snap that enable wearers to digitally record data when they are feeling anxious.
18th August 2016

PET imaging may help diagnosis of depression

  Scientists from the RIKEN Center for Life Science Technology (CLST) in Japan have used a non-invasive PET scanning technique to obtain images of neuron proliferation in the subventricular zone and subgranular zone of the hippocampal dentate gyrus. Neurogenesis in the hippocampal dentate gyrus is known to be particularly affected by depression.
3rd August 2016

Imaging tool will be applied to common brain disorders

Imaging tool will be applied to common brain disorders
A Yale-led team of researchers developed a new approach to scanning the brain for changes in synapses that are associated with common brain disorders. The technique may provide insights into the diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of disorders, including epilepsy and Alzheimer's disease. The study was published in Science Translational Medicine. Certain changes in synapses—the junctions between nerve cells in the brain—have been linked with brain disorders.
21st July 2016


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