The National Institute of Mental Health is currently recruiting participants for a clinical study to see if using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to guide repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) helps locate the best area for treatment and to explore [..]
Magnetic stimulation of the brain can help stroke survivors recover speech and language. A study published in the journal Stroke has observed 24 stroke survivors suffer from aphasia (difficulties with speaking, understanding language, reading or writing). Study lead author Dr. Alexander Thiel and a team of researchers have then divided patients in two groups. Thirteen of them received Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and 11 received sham brain stimulation. During 10 days, the two groups have received 20 minutes of TMS or sham stimulation followed by 45 minutes of speech and language therapy. The findings reveal that, on average, patients in the TMS group had showed three times greater improvement than those in the sham stimulation group.
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