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(New Scientist)   New cure for depression involves a giant electro-magnet resting on your skull   ( divider line
    More: Cool, Medical University of South Carolina, electric currents, gene therapy, genetically modified animals, direct currents, Good Vibrations, optical fibers, TMS  
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2537 clicks; posted to Geek » on 16 Apr 2011 at 8:40 AM (6 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2011-04-16 08:19:58 AM  
Anyone who remembers high-school physics knows that a fluctuating magnetic field can induce an electrical current. That's the principle behind transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), where an electromagnet is held over the head and pulsed rapidly.

Meh, I'm cheap. I'll just tape a permanent magnet to my head and beat it with a hammer.
2011-04-16 08:49:06 AM  
It also degausses your eyeballs. Click, twang, aahhhh.
2011-04-16 08:54:35 AM  
Subby must be using some novel definition of "new" that I'm not familiar with.
2011-04-16 08:57:29 AM  
Whenever I feel depressed, I just smash myself in the nuts with a large mallet and then being depressed doesn't seem so important anymore.
2011-04-16 09:00:25 AM

2011-04-16 09:28:18 AM  
Maybe they could use a subcutaneous microphone to allow the patient to transmit verbal instructions to his own brain. Like "think happy thoughts" or "throw the harpoon."
2011-04-16 10:03:53 AM  
These will probably be supplied by the same people who make those bracelets.
2011-04-16 10:30:29 AM  
Happy Happy Joy Joy?
2011-04-16 11:01:15 AM  
Stills seems safer than sex.
2011-04-16 11:32:47 AM  
I'll stick to cutting.
2011-04-16 12:02:10 PM  
Someone's been watching Nova scienceNOW (new window) again.
2011-04-16 12:03:28 PM  

cmunic8r99: Someone's been watching Nova scienceNOW (new window) again.

More direct link (new window) to the clip
2011-04-16 02:40:59 PM  
I'm pretty sure this has been around for years.

/too lazy to look for proof
2011-04-17 12:33:29 AM  

cmunic8r99: Someone's been watching Nova scienceNOW (new window) again.

That was an awesome episode. and it had so many other uses for that device, the pain reliever section from the magnet was pretty cool.
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