For the 30 percent of clinically depressed people who don’t respond to medication, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved a new, noninvasive treatment option. With NeuroStar TMS, a wand held over the head delivers highly focused magnetic pulses to a part of the brain that’s been linked to depression. A typical course of treatment would involve 40-minute sessions at a psychiatrist’s office five times a week for four to six weeks. In two clinical trials, roughly half of patients said that their symptoms were reduced by at least 50 percent.
Courtesy of Neuronetics
Product: NeuroStar TMS Therapy system
Cost: Approximately $6,000 for a course of 20 to 30 sessions, depending on the provider
Other products in this section:
Become an Insider to get the story behind the story — and before anyone else.
Electric nanoparticles can target and kill cancer cells by zapping them
Particles that produce electrical signals when bombarded with ultrasound could be a way to direct a cell-killing treatment directly to tumors.
Gene engineers make super-size plants that are 40% larger
Researchers hope to create a new “green revolution” by improving photosynthesis.
All the reasons 2018 was a breakout year for DNA data
Gene information on millions of people is revolutionizing how we predict disease, catch criminals, and find new drugs.