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Precision Medicine:The Future is Coming Fast

Precision Medicine:The Future is Coming Fast

Promise of Precision Medicine in Psychiatry Nears Reality BARCELONA, Spain — Innovative approaches and widespread data sharing are essential in psychiatry to improve patient care and deliver on the long-held promise of precision medicine, a leading European expert says. In a plenary lecture delivered here at the 31st European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) Congress, Marion […]

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The APA Brings Genetic Testing Under Fire, Genomind and Genesight Respond

On April 25th 2018 the American Psychiatric Association published the following criticism of genomic testing emphasizing their skepticism towards psychiatrists who are using genetic testing to make informed decisions about diagnosis and treatment. An abstract of their statement reads:       Evidence Does Not Support Commercial Rush Of DNA Tests Designed To Inform Decisions […]

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Is the Ketamine Boom Getting out of Hand? A Response.

Is the Ketamine Boom Getting out of Hand? A Response.

On September 26 2018 Scientific American published an article calling out some of the business practices being used by ketamine treatment providers across the country. The article summarized legitimate concerns about the business side of the ketamine while reiterating the promise ketamine shows as a breakthrough treatment for difficult to treat cases of depression. “This […]

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Brexanolone Infusion Rapidly Relieves Postpartum Depression

Brexanolone Infusion Rapidly Relieves Postpartum Depression

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A 60-hour infusion of brexanolone significantly improves symptoms in women with postpartum depression, according to results from two phase 3 trials. The results “confirm and extend the previous work showing that brexanolone has a rapid onset of action that is unlike anything else currently available,” said Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody from […]

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A Deeper Understanding of Major Depressive Disorder is Within Reach

A Deeper Understanding of Major Depressive Disorder is Within Reach

WHY AREN’T SOME PATIENTS WITH MDD REACHING REMISSION? For more than 50 years, major depressive disorder (MDD) pharmacological treatment approaches have focused on increasing the level of monoamine neurotransmitters in the brain, with the hope of reducing symptoms.1 And while conventional antidepressants have helped most, the STAR*D trial* found that one-third of patients didn’t achieve remission after multiple treatment […]

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MDD and the Role of Neuroplasticity

Impaired Synaptic Connections Research increasingly links impaired synaptic connections with MDD.1 Synaptic connections are constantly remodeled, created, and lost as a result of new experiences, emotions, learning, and memory.1 However, this synaptic plasticity may be impaired in patients with MDD.2 In a study published in Nature Medicine, researchers found a significantly lower number of synapses in key regions of post-mortem […]

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The Glutamate Hypothesis in Synaptic Connectivity

Glutamate neurotransmission is an active area of research in major depressive disorder (MDD).1 Much of this interest revolves around glutamate’s role in regulating synaptic connectivity, one of several pathways that may strengthen and initiate the formation of new synaptic connections.1 As research advances, a deeper understanding of MDD is within reach. Watch our video featuring Dr […]

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Another FDA clearance for MagVenture: 3 minute depression treatment

Another FDA clearance for MagVenture: 3 minute depression treatment

August 2018: MagVenture’s Theta Burst solution is now FDA cleared. For people suffering from severe depression, the road to remission just became a lot shorter: The treatment is known as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), and MagVenture has now, as the only company in the US, received FDA clearance for a newer and much faster treatment […]

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FDA Clears 3-Minute Brain Stimulation Protocol for Depression

FDA Clears 3-Minute Brain Stimulation Protocol for Depression

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a newer and faster treatment protocol for the MagVita repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) therapy system from MagVenture, the company has announced. The FDA first cleared the MagVitaTMS therapy system in 2015 for treatment of adults with drug-resistant major depressive disorder, as reported by Medscape Medical News. Until now, each treatment […]

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U.S. Food & Drug Administration Letter Regarding Mag Vita TMS Therapy System w/Theta Burst Stimulation

U.S. Food & Drug Administration Letter Regarding Mag Vita TMS Therapy System w/Theta Burst Stimulation

This Letter Shows that TBS is FDA Approved Tonica Elektronik A/S Sanne Jessen Medical Advisor Lucernemarken 15 Farum, 3520 Dk Re: K173620 Trade/Device Name: Mag Vita TMS Therapy System w/Theta Burst Stimulation Regulation Number: 21 CFR 882.5805 Regulation Name: Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation System Regulatory Class: Class II Product Code: OBP Dated: July 10, 2018 […]