Back in April I wrote about this and now there are 2 individuals in clinical studies with the implanted devices. St. Jude is the owner of the intellectual property for the device and study. There’s also information if you want to enroll and one needs a current diagnosis of major depression along with having tried several medication therapies and/or combinations of electroconvulsive therapy/drugs and you must have been depressed for over a year. An implanted medical device comes to live with you, as medication is just a visitor, so something to really give a lot of though too before jumping on the bandwagon as well. BD
ST. PAUL, Minn. - June 26, 2008 - St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ) today announced the first patient implants in a clinical study that is investigating whether deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy will help people who suffer from major depressive disorder, a severe form of depression. The patients, a 59-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man, were implanted at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Chicago, with the St. Jude Medical Libra® Deep Brain Stimulation System, an investigational device.