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Does a popular brain stimulation device work?
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Does a popular brain stimulation device work?

The widely advertised Fisher-Wallace device is a transcutaneous alternating current stimulating device. “We conclude that low-frequency tACS at common stimulation intensities neither acutely modulates spindle activity during sleep nor theta activity during waking rest, likely because of the attenuated electrical fields reaching the cortical surface.” To read the article, click here

Psychosomatic illness and origins in the brain
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Psychosomatic illness and origins in the brain

www.medscape.com The Biology Behind ‘Psychosomatic’ Illness Bret S. Stetka, MD; Peter L. Strick, PhD|October 07, 2016 Introduction Editor’s Note: University of Pittsburgh neuroscientist Peter L. Strick, PhD, and colleagues recently published a study[1] in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences tracing the neural circuitry connecting various motor and affective regions of the brain to...

Treatment-resistant depression in the elderly
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Treatment-resistant depression in the elderly

Kaiser Health News has a good piece about treatment-resistant depression in the elderly. Nearly 16 million adults have major depression, and up to a third do not respond to treatment. The disease afflicts people of all ages, but experts say that as many as half of older adults don’t get better with standard treatment. Click here to...