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Take transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). This noninvasive therapy uses magnetic fields to increase brain activity, and exciting new research shows it may alleviate depression in even the toughest of cases and may even treat conditions such as Alzheimer’s, insomnia, and memory loss.

Elsa Maria Zayas, MD
(314) 647-4488
1221 S Grand Blvd
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ De Zaragoza, Fac De Med, Zaragoza, Spain
Graduation Year: 1989

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David Allen Beck, MD
(573) 882-8006
1 Hospital Dr,
Columbia, MO
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1989
Hospital
Hospital: Columbia Reg Hosp, Columbia, Mo; University Hospitals And Clini, Columbia, Mo
Group Practice: Umch & C

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William Stephen Knapp
(314) 831-0181
2175 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, MO
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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David B Carr
(314) 286-2700
4488 Forest Park Ave
Saint Louis, MO
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Lynda W Brumley
(816) 561-9200
4440 Broadway St
Kansas City, MO
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Geriatric Medicine

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Hector Ocampo Pineda
(314) 481-8028
4460 Chippewa St
St Louis, MO
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Mark C Gunby, DO
(314) 822-2316
3844 S Lindbergh Blvd
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Ok State Univ, Coll Of Osteo Med, Tulsa, Ok 74107
Graduation Year: 1988

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John Edward Morley, MD
(314) 577-8462
1402 S Grand Blvd Rm M238
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The Witwatersrand, Med Sch, Johannesburg, So Africa
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: St Louis University Hlth Scien, Saint Louis, Mo
Group Practice: Slu Care; St Louis Univ School Of Med Dept Of Internal Medicine

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William Karl Rosen, MD
(417) 269-3915
1423 N Jefferson Ave
Springfield, MO
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1977
Hospital
Hospital: Lester E Cox Med Ctr North, Springfield, Mo
Group Practice: Cox Senior Health Ctr

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Grant Michael Barnum
(573) 365-2318
1870 Bagnell Dam Blvd
Lake Ozark, MO
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Geriatric Medicine

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Magnetic Personality

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By Linda Childers

Most types of magnet therapy sound like snake oil. A spam email, obscure website, or glowing advertisement promises that magnets will cure all your ailments, restore your youth, and do everything but your taxes. But not all of the magnet therapies are bogus. Take transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). This noninvasive therapy uses magnetic fields to increase brain activity, and exciting new research shows it may alleviate depression in even the toughest of cases and may even treat conditions such as Alzheimer’s, insomnia, and memory loss.

During TMS therapy, doctors place a device containing a magnetic coil on your head, which generates magnetic pulses that travel to specific areas of your brain and create an electric current. This appears to activate the neurons there, although researchers haven’t figured out the exact mechanism yet. The procedure takes about 20 to 45 minutes, and you usually receive daily sessions for several weeks.

Metal coils and magnetic pulses may seem, well, strange. But many physicians—including Mark George, MD, a distinguished professor of psychiatry and radiology and director of the Center for Advanced Imaging Research and Brain Stimulation Laboratory at the Medical University of South Carolina—view TMS as a safe and effective way of relieving depression. “In our research, we’ve found that many people with depression who don’t respond to talk therapy and/or medications do respond to TMS,” George says. “One of the benefits of TMS is its unprecedented accuracy, which allows physicians to target the front area of a patient’s brain, an area associated with mood regulation.” By stimulating brain functions and chemical activity, George says, TMS effectively “jump-starts” the mood- regulating parts of the brain and significantly improves the condition of depressed patients.

Beyond Prozac

It certainly had that effect on Susan Morris, 49, of Camden, South Carolina. She had suffered from depression for many years and had tried talk therapy and various antidepressants, including Effexor, Wellbutrin, and Celexa, without success. “The medications either didn’t work, or they quit working after a short period of time,” she says. Last year, after a two-year bout of severe depression, Morris found herself on a downward spiral. “In October of 2007, I went through a period of depression when I feared I would hit rock bottom and not be able to get back up,” she says.

George, a pioneer in the field of TMS, suggested Morris undergo a series of half-hour TMS treatments over the course of three days. The results were immediate: Her depression lifted a day or two after the treatments. Others have had similar experiences. A 2007 study published in Biological Psychiatry, for example, looked at more than 300 people with severe depression and for whom antidepressants hadn’t worked. Half of the group received five TMS treatments a week, each session lasting 35 minutes. The other half of the group received placebo tre...

Author: Linda Childers

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