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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 process.

Lisanby and colleagues report their findings in the May issue of Archives of General Psychiatry.

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