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Medical Startup To Begin Testing At-Home Brain Zapping Devices

“A doctor’s prescription for clinical depression could one day sound like this: In the comfort of your own home, slip on a brain-zapping headband a few times per week,” reports IEEE Spectrum. Slashdot reader the_newsbeagle writes:
This isn’t old-school brain zapping: It’s not electroshock therapy… While “transcranial direct current stimulation” is being investigated as a treatment for all sorts of neuropsychiatric disorders, many researchers and doctors think depression may be the killer app. A South Korean company called Ybrain thinks its consumer-friendly headband for depression will be the product that makes this treatment mainstream…

Ybrain plans to test the device on thousands of depression patients in 70 hospitals in Korea, according to the article, then “use data from all those patients to build a case for approval in Europe…and then in the U.S.” The company’s founder and CEO believes that after the FDA approves the first brain-zapping device, “it will be seen as a mainstream treatment.”


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