Inside Precision Medicine June 17, 2024
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With better methods needed for matching patients with depression with appropriate treatments, researchers at Stanford University, reporting today in Nature Medicine, say they have identified six biological subtypes (biotypes) of depression. The team also identified existing treatments that could be more likely, or less likely, to be effective against three of those biotypes.

According to statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health’s 2021 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, roughly 21 million people (8.3% of the population) in the United States suffer from major depression. The rates are significantly higher for women (10.3%) than for males (6.2%). Major depression is defined as a period of at least two weeks when a person experienced a depressed mood or loss...

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