Anorexia therapies present and future: a 3-star review, or a 3-star field of research? #LEDC19


Sarah McDonald writes a new blog to accompany the #LEDC19 conference, which explores established and emerging interventions for the treatment of anorexia nervosa in adults and children.

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Treatment for depression in traumatic brain injury: Cochrane find no evidence for non-pharmacological interventions


Eleanor Kennedy summarises a recent Cochrane systematic review, which finds no evidence to support the use of non-pharmacological interventions for depression in traumatic brain injury.

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Transcranial magnetic stimulation for schizophrenia


Joanne Wallace considers the findings of a new Cochrane systematic review on Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for schizophrenia.

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Brain stimulation offers hope for depression, but don’t try it at home


Today’s blog is reposted from the excellent Conversation UK website. It’s written by Kerrie-Anne Ho and Colleen Loo from the University of New South Wales in Australia. They provide an overview of recent research looking at the efficacy and safety of transcranial direct current stimulation for depression.

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Latest evidence from NICE on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

Many of the drug treatments included in this report are not currently approved for use in the UK

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a condition that has recently been given a significant amount of TV airplay and media coverage, perhaps most notably in the Channel 4 documentary Jon Richardson: A little bit OCD, which received mostly good reviews from mental health groups. Despite this reasonable public profile, our knowledge about the best way [read the full story…]

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) enhances response to antidepressants: a rather flawed meta-analysis

An image of a brain

It’s a well-known fact that elves are allergic to unhappiness, so the fact that there are at least 350 million sufferers of depression worldwide1 is quite a problem. That’s before we’ve even mentioned the crippling mortality, morbidity and economic impact that depression causes. The trouble is, our treatments for depression aren’t perfect. Less than a [read the full story…]

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation may be a useful treatment for depression, but more well conducted trials are needed


Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a treatment where magnetic coils are placed above the scalp and used to generate magnetic fields, which create short-lasting electrical currents in the brain below the stimulation site.  TMS is used to treat a number of health conditions including depression. This meta-analysis conducted by researchers at Oxford University presents an [read the full story…]