Early results from small trials indicate that DBS surgery may help those with intractable depression. Past history with infamous techniques for psychiatric surgery (remember icepick lobotomies?) is very much present as researchers make sure the method is not destructive. Read more about it here:
Ain’t that a coincidence: The same anatomical target that relieves tremor when stimulated also eases cocaine withdrawal symptoms in rats. Read about it here:
When you think you’ve got problems, along comes a reminder that they are probably not so bad, all in all. I consider myself extremely lucky that I don’t deal with significant pain on a day-to-day basis.
Imagine what those poor souls suffering from cluster headaches have to endure every day. Then get angry that DBS isn’t yet approved for cluster headaches by the FDA and Medicare, the usual prerequisites for private health insurance coverage. Until that happens, carriers can deny the procedure on the grounds that it is experimental.
A well-written article in the Framingham, Mass., MetroWest Daily News tells the sorry story.