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Ultrasound Device Might Be a Mood Booster
August 9, 2013  | 

Tuscon, AZ - Imagine putting on special ultrasound headphones and cheering up when you're feeling blue. Such a device could someday be an option, a new small study suggests.

In the study, the researchers found that ultrasound waves applied to specific areas of the brain seemed to improve people's moods.

"It's like having a martini. It's not a cure, and we're not claiming one exposure will cure your depression, but it can improve mood," said Dr. Stuart Hameroff, lead author of the study and a professor of anesthesiology and psychology at the University of Arizona.

The concept of using ultrasound to improve mood, still in an early experimental stage, could potentially be used to help treat mental and neurological disorders such as depression and traumatic brain injury, Hameroff said. "It's cheap and apparently effective, accessible and safe, once we figure out the parameters," he said, referring to how much ultrasound wattage to use and exactly where to direct it.

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