Breakthrough in depression treatment at Stanford University

Breakthrough in depression treatment at Stanford University

Anthony Espensen

At the beginning of April, scientists at Stanford University came up with a new form of treatment to cure depression. In the small study they conducted positive effects were shown from 90% of the participants! All 21 of the participants were severely depressed before the test. But after undergoing the procedure, 19 of them scored in the non depressed range. The scientists are conducting another experiment soon. This time it will be a double blind experiment. What this means is half of the participants will receive a placebo and the other half will receive the real treatment.  This would be a huge breakthrough in medicine and would benefit the 16.1 million Americans with mood disorders. 

The treatment is called Stanford Accelerated Intelligent Neuromodulation Therapy, or SAINT. It is a form of transcranial magnetic stimulation, which is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treatment of depression. The researchers reported that the therapy improves on current FDA-approved protocols by increasing the number of magnetic pulses, speeding up the pace of the treatment, and targeting the pulses according to each individual’s neurocircuitry.

The only side effects of the new therapy were fatigue and some discomfort during treatment, the study reported. The results were published on April 6. The second test is scheduled for sometime next week. This would be a huge breakthrough in medicine and would help millions of Americans with a problem that has occured for ages.