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Did You Know There Are 4 Different Types of Depression?

Depression therapies range from lifestyle methods such as talk therapy and exercise, medicinal treatments such as prescription antidepressants, medical treatments such as transcranial magnetic stimulation or, in particularly tough cases, electroshock therapy. Up until now, deciding which therapies would work best for which patient has been a matter of trial and error, but this new Cornell research will help doctors match the type of depression someone has to the best treatment for that version specifically.

Brain stimulation guides people through an invisible maze

You’re stuck in a maze. You can’t see the walls, or the floor. All you have to navigate is a device on your head stimulating your brain to tell you which way to go. In an experiment at the University of Washington in Seattle, participants solved a maze puzzle guided only by transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). The findings suggest that this type of brain prompt could be used to augment virtual reality experiences or help give people who are blind “visual” information about their surroundings.

Tinitus: Are concerts and headphones taking their toll

You know that ringing in your ear you get after a particularly loud rock concert? All those screaming guitar solos, high-pitched synths and amp feedback buzzing around in your head hours after the concert is over. And that’s just for the band. It’s even louder for the audience, who get the full brunt of the PA system (well, they’d better get the full brunt or you’re not doing your rock star job).

Brain Stimulation May Help People with Eating Disorders

“Anorexia nervosa is thought to affect up to 4 per cent of women in their life-time. With increasing illness duration, anorexia becomes entrenched in the brain and increasingly difficult to treat. Our preliminary findings support the potential of novel brain-directed treatments for anorexia, which are desperately needed,” stated Kings College researcher Professor Ulrike Schmidt.