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Depression and DBS …. A treatment option 2011….. Channel 10 News – Dr.Richard Bittar, Precision Neurosurgery Director MBBS (Honours), PhD, FRACS Dr. Richard Bittar is a highly qualified Australian neurosurgeon and researcher. Dr. Bittar is a visiting neurosurgeon at Royal Melbourne Hospital, Frankston Hospital, and numerous Private Hospitals in Melbourne. He is also Director of Precision Neurosurgery. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) works by targeting one of several areas in the brain that are part of the movement disorder pathway. By placing a fine wire (electrode) very precisely within the desired area, we are able to introduce a small amount of electrical current to these areas, which causes deactivation of the nerve cells. This electrode is connected to a battery which is implanted under the skin, allowing a small pulse of electricity to be delivered 24 hours a day. The most commonly targeted regions are the subthalamic nucleus (STN), thalamus (Vim), pallidum (GPi), and pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN) in Parkinson’s disease, the thalamus (Vim) for essential tremor and multiple sclerosis tremor, and the pallidum (GPi) in dystonia. Precision Neurosurgery is a superspecialty neurosurgical practice which provides expertise in the treatment of a wide range of brain and spine disorders. Our highly trained surgeons utilise evidence-based scientific and clinical knowledge, considered judgement, refined surgical techniques, and state-of-the-art technology to give patients access to leading edge care. Our contemporary approach is firmly


Scopolamine/citalopram combo helpful in depression

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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Adding oral scopolamine to citalopram helps patients with moderate to severe major depressive disorder, Iranian researchers say. "Relatively large numbers of patients do not respond to antidepressants; therefore …
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