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QEEGMIT’s Technology Review (9/22, Kremen) reported that, according to a study published this month in the journal Psychiatry Research, researchers at the University of California-Los Angeles found that “brain waves measured using a simple device just one week into treatment can indicate whether a depressed patient should continue taking a medication or be switched to another.” For the study, the team “used a customized version of a quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG) system to study the brainwave patterns of 375 people suffering from major depression” in order “to predict which patients would respond to escitalopram.” The investigators used “an algorithm that considers various QEEG characteristics, called the antidepressant treatment response (ATR) index,” and “found that they could accurately predict whether the patient would respond to the escitalopram 74 percent of the time.”

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