Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Enroll in Clinical Trial If Interested in tDCS

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Enroll in Clinical Trial If Interested in tDCS

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Dear Doctor K: I saw an ad for something called a "tDCS brain- stimulating device." It supposedly helps improve memory and thinking. Is it worth a try?

Dear Reader: Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) transmits a current into the brain through electrodes (little metal plates) on the forehead or scalp.

The technique of tDCS has been tried on and off for more than 100 years.

I spoke to Dr. Daniel Press, a neurologist with the Berenson- Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation at Harvard- affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He says that brain stimulation, if used carefully, looks promising.

For now, tDCS is only FDA-approved to speed the absorption of certain medications through the skin. But it is being used "off label" to treat many other conditions. …

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