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Brain scans may be able to predict the efficacy of depression treatments.

Fibro Daily June 26, 2013

To help treat depression, researchers are searching for “biomarkers,” markers in brain scans or other tests that would predict which treatments a patient suffering from depression would respond to.

The National Institute for Mental Health is funding a $19 million study searching for these biomarkers that would identify whether a patient would respond to the drug used in Zoloft, and a second stage planned to follow to look for biomarkers for a drug with different mechanisms for treatment, Wellbutrin.

At UCLA, researchers have found a pattern of brain electrical activity, which, within the first week of starting a medication, can predict with 80% accuracy whether the treatment will be effective.

Read more: Clinic of the Future: Aiming for Faster Depression Relief

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