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TMS to treat smoking addiction

Smoking is a major risk factor for the leading causes of premature mortality, and abstinence rates 6 months post-quit are very low. A promising new treatment method is transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) of the brain. Preliminary studies show that TMS reduces nicotine craving and cigarette consumption. However, the exact neural mechanisms of these effects are far from clear.

The project explores the effects of TMS of smokers on neural activity by means of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The study represents a decisive step in preparing the ground for more effective therapeutic interventions, in particular for individuals failing to attain abstinence.

Read more: http://medienportal.univie.ac.at/uniview/forschung/detailansicht/artikel/neurowissenschaften-gusto-auf-eine-tschik/

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