Sunday, April 23, 2006

Depression switch?

Doctors have developed a new surgical procedure to treat severe, treatment-resistant depression by targeting a specific area of the brain that has been linked to the disease:

The operation borrowed a procedure called deep brain stimulation, or D.B.S., which is used to treat Parkinson's. It involves planting electrodes in a region near the center of the brain called Area 25 and sending in a steady stream of low voltage from a pacemaker in the chest.

—Mellow Monk


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