A Good Medical Study…FINALLY!

Let’s take a look at some government grants spent over the last several years:

  • $750,000 for the Baseball Hall of Fame (I like baseball, but geesh)
  • $70,000 for the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame in Appleton, Wis. (We’re planning a family reunion in Appleton just so we can all experience this exiting museum). I just love paper.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency for spending an extra $1 million to $1.2 million in 1980 to preserve a Trenton, NJ sewer as a historical monument. (I can’t add anything clever. This one speaks for itself.)
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities for a $25,000 grant in 1977 to study why people cheat, lie and act rudely on local Virginia tennis courts. (Simple answer: the people that do that are jerks)

And my personal favorite:

  • In 2001 more than $600,000 in tax money was spent on researching the sex lives of South African ground squirrels. (oooh, I hope I can get pictures.)

Why do I bring this all up? Because you’ve seen me bitch on here about some of the stupid studies regarding mental illness, such as a recently study to determine that those who are depressed commit suicide more than others.

Finally, I found a study that seems worth it’s weight in gold. The article appeared in Medical News Today. A study was conducted by scientists at the University of Toronto (God Bless the Canadians) on patients with treatment resistant depression who underwent Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). DBS uses high-frequency electrical stimulation targeted to the specific areas of the brain involved in neuropsychiatric disease (Doctors sure like big words).

In the study 20 patients received DBS for 12 months. 12 out of 20 experienced a significicant decrease in depressive symptoms by 6 months, with 7 patients essentially well with few remaining symptoms.

The way it works is by implanting 2 thin wire electrodes in the brain (one on each side). The other end of each wire was connected under the skin of the neck to a pulse generator implanted in the chest – similar to a pacemaker. Only patients who were unable to get better with most other types of antidepressant treaatment were included in the study.

The study will be further conducted by Emory University, which also will seek to determine if the same effects can be reached with those who have bipolar II.

I doubt anyone is thrilled with the idea of having wires in their brain that run down their neck, but I think this will be a godsend for those who have been untreatable for major depression. It’s high time to see a study that actually is doing something to help those who have mood disorders rather then spend money on researching the obvious. I don’t know how long or how much the depression/suicide study was, but they could have asked me and I would have told them with one word “Yes” for only 5 bucks. OK, so if I knew there was a major grant behind it, I would have asked for a $100.

  8 comments for “A Good Medical Study…FINALLY!

  1. July 25, 2008 at 14:14

    I hope this study portends some real hope for the chronic depressed. The wires would be a small price to pay when you think about what people endure for superficial cosmetic appearance procedures.Sadly, a lot grant monies just lie around waiting because many groups don’t apply for funding because they don’t think they have any chance to attain funding. Sex studies of rodents? I think you might have a chance for funding:)

  2. July 25, 2008 at 13:15

    Seriously, the sex life of South African ground squirrels. If you get pictures, please pass them along.I have yet to find one thing the government has actually done that makes sense lately.

  3. Michelle
    July 25, 2008 at 03:11

    The new version of “shock therapy” if it works do it. Anything to help others get thru the nightmare.

  4. July 25, 2008 at 04:00

    @michelle It is a new version of shock therapy, but in a good way. If studies are conclusive it will be a new day for those who do not respond to medications. Their life is a complete [email protected] I’m not familiar with the lithium patch or their history, but I think I see the conflict. My hope is that this truly does turn out as good as it sounds.

  5. July 25, 2008 at 03:47

    One of the most conflicted of interests is Emory and Charles Nemoroff. That man owns the Lithium patch.I don’t want to say more here.

  6. July 25, 2008 at 03:04

    @ Denise Thank [email protected] giving girl I couldn’t agree more. It’s criminal to me all the money that is wasted that could go to so many good things. Very sad.

  7. July 25, 2008 at 00:19

    Kinda ticks me off that all this money is being spent on studies when 1 out of 5 children are going to bed hungry and many families live off of one small meal a day in the U.S.

  8. July 25, 2008 at 00:14

    Clever (and informative) post. You made me smile… anybody that can do that gets at least 5 stars.

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