Magnet Treatment for Depression Works for Some
Rigorous Study Finds rTMS Magnet Therapy Can Relieve Depression With Few Side Effects
rTMS Treatment Needs Refinement continued...
Rudorfer suggests that in real-life clinical practice, doctors probably will
combine rTMS treatment with antidepressant treatment.
The study showed that rTMS does not induce seizures and appears to be free
of major adverse effects.
Lisanby notes that researchers are still working to optimize rTMS by finding
the best treatment dose and duration, as well as by working to pinpoint the
region of the brain where stimulation will have the greatest effect.
Although the study was funded by the NIMH without industry support, Lisanby
reports receiving research grants with several companies involved with rTMS
including Neuronetics Inc. Columbia University has a patent on TMS technology
in Lisanby's name. Lisanby's research colleagues also disclose receiving
grants, fees, and/or advisory board work for such firms.
The rTMS devices used in the study were the FDA-cleared NeuroStar devices
made by Neuronetics. This device was selected in a competitive bidding
Lisanby and colleagues report their findings in the May issue of Archives
of General Psychiatry.