Wristband that measures rest, activity schedule may help predict response to antidepressants - (Science Daily via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Study data published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research suggest that a wristband, which records motion throughout a 24-hour cycle may be an inexpensive, safe way to determine which patients with major depressive disorder will respond best to commonly prescribed drugs such as Prozac, Science Daily reported Tuesday.
  • W. Vaughn McCall, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, remarked that "what our findings suggest is that night owls, the group most likely to be depressed, also look like the patients who are most likely to respond" to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.
  • "The larks are more likely to need two drugs," McCall added.
  • He noted the study's sample was small, with 58 patients, adding the findings are very preliminary.

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