In memory of
Jared High
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SEIZURE-STOPPING DEVICE
MAY HELP DEPRESSION
A report by the Knight Ridder news service in 2000
   More than 18 million Americans are afflicted with bouts of clinical depression each year, and for most of them, antidepressants and/or psychotherapy are effective treatments, but the drugs don't work for everyone.

   Between 10 percent and 20 percent of people with depression do not respond to drugs, psychotherapy or even electroshock treatments.  For at least some of them, there may be new hope in the form of a small electrical-impulse generator developed to stop or reduce seizures in people with epilepsy who were not helped by other treatments.

   When researchers were testing the device in epilepsy patients, they discovered an unexpected benefit.  Whether or not the device helped the seizures, many of the patients who were clinically depressed got better.

   A pilot study done at four university medical centers in depressed patients found the device was effective in close to half of those who had not been helped by any other treatment.

   "It's not like a magic antibiotic, but people who have failed to respond to antidepressants or electroshock therapy - about 40 to 50 percent of them responded," said Dr. Paul Goodnick, a behavioral scientist and professor of clinical psychiatry at the University of Miami School of Medicine.

   The device developed by Cyberonics Inc. of Houston is a little bigger than a quarter. It contains a tiny batter that will produce electrical impulses for up to a dozen years.  Wires connect the device to the left vagus nerve, one of a pair of nerves that run throughout the body with 13 main branches, four of them in the brain. The nerves are essential for many of the body's functions including swallowing, speech, sleep, appetite and emotions.

   A surgeon implants the device below the collarbone during a procedure that takes about one hour and can be done with local anesthetic, Goodnick said.  The device is activated and adjusted later with a special programming wand hooked up to a computer.

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