If you were curious about how "you" would convince us that we need all the brain implants, then look no further. According to a new study, the devices could be beneficial in treating depression, and who was not depressed?
Increasingly common, but still poorly understood, depression is a modern epidemic affecting 300 million people worldwide each year. Scientists at the University of California at San Francisco believe they have found a new way to treat the condition using deep brain stimulation (DBS). DBS, which is currently used to treat Parkinson's and epilepsy, involves the implantation of electrodes into specific areas of the brain and the controlled delivery of electricity through a pacemaker-like device. It is believed that the impulses restore a healthy electrical pattern and relieve the patient's symptoms.
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Access to seizure sites through access to a small group of epileptics who have already implanted electrodes into different parts of their brains Localize – A hyperspecialized population means that their results are not likely to be replicated anytime soon – the Forsc Various brain regions stimulated over several days and sometimes switched to " sham stimulation " for control.
The subjects were then asked about their mood. Depressed subjects were consistently more satisfied after OFC stimulation, in a manner that was not depressive, and the effect did not appear after sham stimulation. Unlike previous DBS experiments, the positive mood appeared natural – both in terms of the subjects' behavior and the brainwaves of an EEG.
The results of the study published in Current Biology provide a much needed boost to the suffering DBS-for-depression treatment paradigm, which suffered a major blow after a large 2013 study was discontinued due to lack of results. Other studies ended up being less clear with transient, irregular improvements, but the results of this experiment have encouraged the team to continue to follow the OFC as a treatment center for the treatment of depression.
Depression is known to be resistant to treatment and current drug therapies fail many patients. Surprisingly, little is known about the mental circuits responsible for depression – the theory of serotonin imbalance has been repeatedly exposed, although effective marketing means that 13 percent of Americans continue to take antidepressants with abandon.
The researchers know little about how exactly DBS produces the " complex behavioral changes " seen in their study, but what is the harm in trying to make the novelty technology more mainstream? Oh, right … Just last month, cybersecurity experts warned of the weaknesses in neural implant technology that could potentially uncover the human brain, opening up a whole new era of brain hacking, identity theft, and the black market for memory.
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