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Tracking the Risks and Rewards of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

For the first time in many years, John Elder Robison entered a sixth-floor lab at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and settled into a chair. He was there to demonstrate — although not actually repeat — a procedure known as transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, in which electromagnetic impulses are fired into carefully targeted areas of a patient’s brain.

The Effects of Different Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) Protocols on Cortical Gene Expression in a Rat Model of Cerebral Ischemic-Reperfusion Injury

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a well-established, non-invasive technique that allows the assessment and modulation of brain excitability. Repetitive TMS (rTMS), a variant of TMS that involves repeated application of TMS pulses, may facilitate or suppress brain activity with variable behavioral effects.

Tinnitus

People with tinnitus may benefit from a treatment that sends electromagnetic pulses into the brain, hints a new study.

Could Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Have Unexpected Additional Benefits in the Treatment of Depressed Patients?

The application of novel brain stimulation techniques to treat depression, and possibly other neuropsychiatric disorders, is a new and rapidly growing field. Among these techniques, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is emerging as one of the most promising approaches because of its relative ease of use, safety and neurobiological effects.

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as an Augmentative Strategy for Treatment-resistant Depression

Background Dozens of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and meta-analyses have demonstrated the efficacy of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) for major depressive disorder (MDD) treatment, but there has not been a meta-analysis report which evaluates the efficacy and tolerability of rTMS used as an augmentative strategy for antidepressants in treatment-resistant depression (TRD) treatment.