HCPlive (12/1, Walter) reports researchers have “summarized the results of available randomized controlled trials testing Repeated Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) for improving cognitive symptoms in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.” After examining data from 12 studies involving patients with schizophrenia and three “which involved patients with bipolar disorder,” investigators found that “rTMS had poor effects on improving cognitive performances of patients with schizophrenia, with mixed results observed for schizoaffective patients.” As for patients with bipolar disorder, researchers “found the treatment improved cognitive domains in euthymic patients,” but its effect “during acute phases, particularly depression, was limited.” The findings of the review article were published online Nov. 30 ahead of print in the February issue of the Journal of Affective Disorders. (SOURCE: APA Headlines)