Robert Fischell: TED Prize wish: Finding new cures for migraine, depression, malpractice

Accepting his 2005 TED Prize, inventor Robert Fischell makes three wishes: redesigning a portable migraine treatment, finding new cures for clinical depression, and reforming the medical malpractice system. He also shares three new inventions that could improve the lives of millions: His Angel Med Guardian System -- a pacemaker-sized device wired into the heart -- detects an elevation in the electric signal of the heart, the first sign of a heart attack. His transcranial magnetic stimulator treats migraines with a magnetic pulse. Finally, the Neuropace prevents epileptic seizures by transmitting electric signals in the brain.

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Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) currently is being investigated as a treatment for major depression.  (See href="http://spectrum.ieee.org/mar06/3050">Psychiatry's Shocking New Tools in IEEE Spectrum.)  Now, there is a report that it also may be useful for migraine headache…
I just couldn't resist that title. A more accurate title would have been "Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Prevents Migraines From Progressing," but, when in doubt, err on the side of drama. And, I actually wasn't THAT far off, really. (Note: Ray gun above is not real (duh). Real device under the…
...according to a new Nature News story. Migraine sufferers might soon be able to block an imminent attack using a device that targets the brain with a powerful magnetic field. The technique, called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), triggers activity in the brain's nerve cells and is already…
href="http://scienceblogs.com/corpuscallosum/2008/05/repetitive_transcranial_magnet.php">Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is  a treatment for major depression.  It was approved ( href="http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/cdrh_docs/pdf8/K083538.pdf">PDF) by the FDA in 2008. …

Of his three wishes I can see the first two coming to fruition. That last one is going to be tough because I doubt the trial lawyers will stand for it.