A funny thing happened when researches at McLean Hospital in Masachusettes were studying the brain chemistry of bipolar people, using MRI machine with a unique electromagnetic pulse sequence: The patients’ moods lifted, lasting for hours, or even days. Sceptical, the doctors put another 30 bipolar adults through the MRI, and 77 per cent had a significant mood boost. They’re not sure why it works, but there is a possible link : “Nerves in the brain fire electrical pulses, so its certainly believable that exposing them to a particular electromagnetic field could change the way they fire.” says study author Bruce Cohen, a psychiatrist. That, in turn, could lift depression.
Posted on June 30, 2008 by Dib Sharif