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Sat Mar 1, 2014, 05:48 PM

 

New blood test for schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a neuro-psychiatric disorder that affects about one percent of the global population.

To date, the diagnosis of mental illnesses is highly subjective and mostly based on clinical interviews. This could now be backed by a new, low-cost blood test developed as part of a European research project.

Researchers at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge have been working on a blood test for schizophrenia for many years.

Initial tests were too expensive, but they have now developed a new version which, they claim, is cheaper and provides more detailed information. The test analyses proteins in the patientís blood to distinguish between different kinds of mental illnesses.

According to the researchers, with the new test schizophrenia can be diagnosed with a certainty of 83 percent and depression with a certainty of about 90 percent.

http://www.euronews.com/2014/02/19/new-blood-test-for-schizophrenia/

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 06:08 PM

1. Damn if I'm not sharing this on FB for a friend -

who is going through literal hell with her sister.

Thank you.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 06:44 PM

2. wow, hopefully this will help a lot of people, and help destigmatize mental illness.

 

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 07:18 PM

3. Need I say it?

 

Fail this test and no gun for you.

And forget a career in politics.

Used car sales - No prob.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 08:43 PM

8. Schizophrenia and other mental illnesses are treatable with varying degrees of success.

I have bipolar disorder with some psychotic symptoms, but if you met me in person you'd never know it. The medications I take have transported me to extreme normalcy. I'd make a better politician than 100% of Republicans and about 50% of Democrats.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 07:54 PM

4. This could be wonderful in the right hands. Interesting they can tag depression as well....

Depression and other anxiety disorders run through my mother's side of the family, with adult onset -- in middle age is when things go haywire.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 07:56 PM

5. I wonder if that will help people in prison.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 08:02 PM

6. The article is very short on details, but it is my sincere hope and belief that one day

we will be able to accurately diagnosis psychiatric patients using lab tests or procedures.

The best thing about this would hopefully be the ability to more accurately choose treatment.

Even among those who clearly have schizophrenia, there are many sub-types and even more variability in terms of response to treatment.

I would also help destigmatize psychiatric disorders, which would be a truly wonderful thing.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 08:08 PM

7. Just wait, this will be used next by employers (nt)

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