Making the connection between static magnets and TMS

The Mayo Clinic Health Letter makes the connection between static magnets and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

You’ll have to subscribe to read the whole article, but it’s interesting that Mayo places both treatments in the same category.

TMS involves using brief powerful electromagnetic pulses to alter brain activity.

The Health Letter reminds us that TMS is approved by the FDA to treat depression that fails to respond to drug treatment.

In addition, researchers are studying new uses of magnetic brain stimulation, such as controlling acute and chronic pain, reducing ringing in the ears, and stopping and preventing migraines.

4/12/10 22:13 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.