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Improving Memory with Magnets

Using that data, researchers then applied transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) at the same theta frequency to the subjects while they performed the same tasks, to enhance the theta waves and measure the effect on the subjects' memory performance.

Brain stimulation for Alzheimer’s disease patients shows promise

Over six weeks, she received a strong kind of TMS called "theta burst stimulation". The treatment can target four sections of the brain in 12 minutes, compared to standard TMS which targets one section for 20 to 30 minutes. The high-frequency bursts to the left and right frontal and the left and right parietal parts of the brain cause the neurons to fire, boosting activity and strengthening the brain's networks.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation: drug-free treatment for depression

TMS causes the nerves in the brain to fire as opposed to manipulating them with chemicals. "What we found in patients with depression is the activity in their brain is low there are areas in the brain that activity are very low so the nerves are not firing activity. I think I've tried everything out there, but there's side effects or it didn't help," said Andrew Rangel.

Local psychiatrists use pulsed electromagnetic waves to treat depression

With progress at fighting her depression at a standstill, Hoffman’s therapist suggested that she contact South Charleston psychiatrist Dr. Dan Thistlethwaite at PsyCare Inc. to see if she was a good candidate for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS — a relatively new method of treating depression by directing pulses of stimulating electromagnetic energy to nerve cells in areas of the brain that involve mood control.