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Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for cognitive impairment in Alzheimer's disease: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

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Summary of "Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for cognitive impairment in Alzheimer's disease: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials."

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a noninvasive brain stimulation technique for Alzheimer's disease (AD). rTMS, with high- or low-frequency, is thought to enhance or inhibit the cortical activities, respectively. This meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) was to summarize the efficacy of the rTMS on the cognition of AD patients and to identify its potential influential factors.

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Name: Journal of neurology
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