Brain pacemakers relieve depression in patients

February 22nd, 2011 - 11:45 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, Feb 22 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Doctors have found a new way to use pacemakers in the body. The device is widely known to be used to deliver shocks to the heart to revive failing hearts.

Scientists have come up with a new use for the device. Researchers have come up with pacemakers that can be used in the brain. The difference though is that the pacemaker that will be used on the brain is much smaller than those that are used on the chest. The device would be used to help and manage major depression disorders.

The device is made up of tiny chips that doctors claim can deliver small shocks to the brain in a procedure called called brain simulation. The procedure has already proved efficient in the management of Parkinson’s disease. Doctors predict that the chips could be used to treat some mental sicknesses.

The only challenge for doctors when they are using the procedure on anybody is their ability to detect the best part of the brain to place the chip. When the chips are installed in the brain, doctors say that it could cure those common mental problems.

Doctors though say that the use of the chip would always be the last resort when every other option has failed.

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