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Electrical stimulation improves depression

People with otherwise untreatable depression improved in a small clinical trial after receiving electrical stimulation of a part of the brain that scientists believe regulates sadness.

A report this week in the journal Biological Psychiatry said that 12 of 20 patients with chronic major depression benefited from the electronic device — including seven whose disease went into remission. The benefits were sustained over the course of the one-year study, researchers said.

“These were patients at the…

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