Clinical Trends for April 2017

Ryan Syrek


April 28, 2017

Clinical Trend of the Week (April 1-7): Depression

A new biomarker use and increased global recognition resulted in this week's top search term. A study in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology reported that levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) in the blood aided in predicting which antidepressants would result in successful outcome in patients with depression. The study included data from 106 patients with depression and found that remission rates correlated to differences in the medications used, depending on baseline CRP levels. More studies are needed to evaluate the use for practice, but progress is sorely needed, as is evident by the World Health Organization's revelation that more than 300 million people are now living with depression. That's an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. As healthcare providers and patients continue to find new and better treatment options for this ever-increasing condition, searches on the subject are likely to remain high.

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