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OCTOBER 27, 2005
  First Patient in the Philadelphia Area Receives New Therapy for Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD)
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VNS (vagus nerve stimulation) Therapy, the only implantable device specifically indicated for long-term treatment of treatment-resistant depression, is delivered through a small pacemaker-like device that is implanted under the skin in the chest area. A thin, thread-like wire, attached to the generator, runs under the skin to the left vagus nerve and sends mild pulses to the brain.

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