NEW BRAIN SCAN OFFERS HOPE FOR PTSD AND DEPRESSION
The US military has just begun a trial in conjunction with CNS Response,
Inc. at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and several other
sites. The trial, which is partnering with military physicians to treat
2,000 patients including members from all branches of the service diagnosed
with PTSD, Depression and other mental health disorders using an Psychiatric
EEG Evaluation Registry (PEER) developed by CNS Response, Inc. (The registry
already contains the data from 35,000+ patients)
Presently, with over 100 possible medications for behavioral disorders to
choose from, physicians are using the "trial and Error" system to find the
"right" medication which can be a long, drawn out and down right frustrating
process. Anyone who has gone through the VA system can testify to that fact!
It is also dangerous as the suicide rate will indicate.
Now, with the PEER, physicians will be able to compare their patients EEG
results with thousands of others in the system to determine which
medications work best for others who had similar EEGs.
This system has demonstrated great success with clinical outcomes 2-3 times
better than the trial and error treatment.
Here are links to 2 video's about this -
Please watch and please pass along to others
"New Brain Scan Offers Hope for PTSD, Depression"
By Jon Scott, FOX NEWS 1/18/13
"Introduction to CNS Response - Walter Reed Project Update"
By George Carpenter, Pres/CEO, CNS Response, Inc.
Colonel, Ret USAR
CNS Response Brings “Crowdsourcing” to Medicine – 1/22/13
Consumers use crowdsourcing to find everything from great restaurants to cheap haircuts. But the concept has yet to take hold for more serious matters—such as helping medical professionals address their patients’ illnesses—until now. CNS Response (named for the central nervous system) is an innovative neuroscience company that maintains a database that lets physicians exchange data on individual patient medication response and outcomes. With CNS’s online registry, doctors can crowdsource recommendations for psychiatric treatments and medications based on what’s been effective for other patients with similar brain patterns.
Finding the right medication for depression or post traumatic stress disorder has always been a trial-and-error process, and there can be many failures before a doctor finds the right one,” explains George Carpenter, CEO. “Our database helps doctors understand how different medications may affect their own patients and more accurately predict which therapy will work best.” That’s good news for the one in ten Americans currently on an antidepressant, over half of whom fail to respond.
CNS’s database already contains 35,000+ records and is expected to double in size by the end of 2013. All of that information can be easily viewed and updated by physicians and psychiatrists. Doctors can input information on iPads while in the exam room with patients (via a custom app) and then get personalized reports for patients in real time.
“Although there have been many innovations in neuroimaging, we’re still using the same ‘trial and error’ therapies we were giving 10-20 years ago,” Carpenter says. “Now, with help from our online registry, we can help physicians see which medications are more likely to work. Early results are showing that we can help patients reach remission in half the time of treatment as usual.”
A Clinical Trial with Walter Reed Medical Center and Other Sites (This is the 3rd largest clinical trial in Psychiatry)
The catalyst for CNS to go social was seeing the high suicide rates in the U.S. military. “This year, we’ve lost more military personnel to suicide than to combat,” Carpenter explains. “We saw that if we can pool together physician records from all over the country, we can make more accurate predictions and get soldiers on the right treatments faster.”
CNS is kicking off a clinical trial of this crowdsourcing technology with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and will be treating 2,000 patients diagnosed with mental health conditions including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and mild traumatic brain injury. “By saving military patients the pain and stress of trying medications that don’t work for them, we’re hoping to save lives.”
For more information go to www.cnsresponse.com or Call: 888.545.2677