Navigation Links
A blood test for depression?
Date:7/22/2010

Philadelphia, PA, 22 July, 2010 - Blood tests have been extremely important tools aiding doctors in making medical diagnoses and in guiding the treatment of many diseases. However, psychiatry is one area of medicine where there are few diagnostic blood tests.

New scientific fields may someday generate blood tests that can be used for these purposes. Some of the areas under increasingly intensive study are genetics, the study of variations in the genes (DNA) that can be extracted from blood cells, and genomics like proteomics, the measurement of the levels of specific proteins in the blood, and gene expression profiling, which measures the levels of RNA produced from DNA as an indication of the level of the "activity" of particular genes.

Using the latter approach, Dutch researchers evaluated blood gene expression profiles in healthy individuals and patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder, or MDD. They identified a set of seven genes in whole blood that was able to distinguish un-medicated MDD patients from healthy controls.

"This is a first, but major step in providing a molecular diagnostic tool for depression," explained Dr. Sabine Spijker, corresponding author of this study. Although psychiatry already has specific criteria for diagnosing mental health disorders, this type of diagnosis would be unbiased and particularly valuable for those with whom it is more difficult to have a conversation. It may also eventually assist in reducing the stigma associated with mental health problems.

"It is far too early to be confident that gene expression profiling will lead us to diagnostic or prognostic tests for depression. However, the objective of this line of research is extremely important," cautions Dr. John Krystal, Editor of Biological Psychiatry. "In the past, many types of tests have been explored as potential diagnostic markers, but they all have failed to have sufficient sensitivity and specificity
'/>"/>

Contact: Maureen Hunter
m.hunter@elsevier.com
215-239-3674
Elsevier
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Could PCBs Help Boost Blood Pressure?
2. Patients Lost Blood Can Be Reused in Trauma Surgery
3. New discovery brings hope to treatment of incurable blood cancer
4. Rare Blood Vessel Disease Could Have New Treatment Option
5. Monitoring Blood Pressure at Home May Help Keep It Low
6. Dietary Cocoa Flavanols Improve Vascular And Blood Pressure Measures For Coronary Artery Disease Patients
7. Tight Blood Pressure Control Doesnt Help All Diabetics: Study
8. Researchers identify factors behind blood-making stem cells
9. Diagnostic blood test can identify rare lung disease
10. Tight Blood Sugar Control in Older Diabetics May Not Reduce Heart Risk
11. Insulin Pump With Blood Sugar Sensor May Improve on Injections
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/23/2014)... August 23, 2014 A team of New ... last longer when preceded by surgery and delivered by an ... the new study. Click here to read it now ... the cases of mesothelioma patients who underwent hemithoracic ... radiotherapy dose to the shape of a tumor. Patients ...
(Date:8/23/2014)... 2014 The MPWMD Board of Directors voted ... as a sole source of water for commercial and industrial ... architect, Ron Brown of Archworks, LLC in Carmel, California. ... first time a water district in the State of California ... source. AWGs at this time can now be used ...
(Date:8/23/2014)... 23, 2014 Youth substance abuse is ... no different in Houston, TX. Substance abuse can happen ... to drug and alcohol dependency in higher numbers than ... beat substance abuse, but don’t know where to find ... can be a challenge because most treatment options are ...
(Date:8/22/2014)... The IT manager of Top10BestSEOHosting.com is a web ... He has recently announced that GoDaddy ( http://www.top10bestseohosting.com/go/GoDaddy.com/ ) ... , GoDaddy is a popular supplier of cheap web ... solutions at affordable rates. It offers three Linux shared ... depend on the length of the contract. The longest ...
(Date:8/22/2014)... (PRWEB) August 22, 2014 AWeber, ... services that currently helps more than 120,000 small ... caught the attention of Shane Michaels, prompting an investigative ... crucial element for any online marketing campaign, despite what ... in the marketing world,” reports Michaels. “AWeber is a ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:New Study Links Hospital Experience and Prior Surgery with Mesothelioma Radiation Success, According to Surviving Mesothelioma 2Health News:Historical Moment in the Monterey Peninsula, Brings Drought Relief Solution to California, with the Help of EcoloBlue and AWG Technology 2Health News:New Houston Hotline Assisting Juveniles in Locating Dependable Rehabilitation Help 2Health News:AWeber: Review Exposes Affordable Provider of Opt-In Email Marketing Services 2
... cord blood are to be used for regeneration of broken ... €2.5 million to be headed by York University and // ... researchers from department of biology, sociology and Philosophy from York ... blood stem cells in the treatment of bone defects and ...
... as eliminated Leprosy but still we have to eradicate the ... the awareness regarding the // transmission of the bacteria and ... ,Indian Health Minister Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss during the ... eradicate the disease which as about a 1 Lakh of ...
... in New South Wales are angry at a proposal to cut ... spokesman for the medical staff council at Wagga // Base Hospital, ... surgery every fourth Friday. ,"So it'd create a long ... small amount of money but at great cost to patient care," ...
... by researchers from University of Texas has revealed that ... can work wonders in easing depression. // Other ... alcohol, caffeine or smoking are associated with adverse health ... a group of 40 individuals, diagnosed with depression. None ...
... ever study conducted on the prevalence of diabetes in the ... diabetes has been uncovered. // So far, such studies ... which cannot be applied to South Asians. ,The ... and Diabetes Research Centre, an association of the World Health ...
... magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) can help identify if an ... traditional polygraph tests. // The test further highlights certain ... tells a lie. Researchers from Temple University Hospital in ... in the latest issue of Radiology. ,The ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Prevention And Control Of Diabetes Crucial To Indian Population 2Health News:Brain Is More Active While Hiding The Truth, Reveals fMRI Imaging 2
(Date:8/22/2014)...  Diplomat, the nation,s largest independent specialty pharmacy, ... in the 2014 Innovations in Specialty Pharmacy Competition, ... of the competition were announced in the August ... Diplomat was honored as a Top Innovator ... Through Diplomat University, the company has implemented a ...
(Date:8/22/2014)... Ohio , Aug. 22, 2014 MC Medical, ... Inc. (MID), a Columbus, OH medical ... distribute the FloShield laparoscopic and robotic visualization system in ... be approved for sale in Japan ... a long-time experience and an extensive product portfolio in endoscopic ...
(Date:8/22/2014)... , Aug. 22, 2014  Mark Riccio, director ... imaging facility, is using the online crowd-funding platform ... 5D imaging to researchers and would-be superheros everywhere: ... "What would YOU do if you had Superman,s ... researchers and explorers everywhere, from elementary through high ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Diplomat honored as a Top Innovator by Specialty Pharmacy News 2MC Medical agrees to be the exclusive distributor of FloShield products in Japan 2Cornell's X-ray Imaging Lab Director Uses Kickstarter Campaign to "Democratize" Advanced 3D Imaging 2
... 16, 2011 Vista Partners announced today that ... CDY) (the "Company") and raised its twelve month target price ... stated, "Cellmid is on track to enter clinical trials for ... the billions. The Company recently completed humanisation of its "first ...
... The federal government,s tracking system for power wheelchairs ... for a new procurement policy implemented last January. Thus, ... of power wheelchairs provided than were actually delivered to ... report declines of 30 percent or more in their ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Vista Partners Updates Coverage on Cellmid Limited; Raises Target Price to AUD $0.12 2American Association for Homecare: CMS Inexcusably Releases Flawed Utilization Data 2American Association for Homecare: CMS Inexcusably Releases Flawed Utilization Data 3American Association for Homecare: CMS Inexcusably Releases Flawed Utilization Data 4
For the quantitative determination of alanine aminotransferase in human serum....
... for the quantitative determination of ... or plasma. Single vial, dry ... must be purchased separately for ... reaction. Wavelength: 340 nm. Linearity: ...
Urea nitrogen (BUN) liquid reagent is used for the kinetic quantitative determination of Urea Nitrogen (BUN) in human serum used in routine examination and monitoring of therapy and relapses....
Intended for the quantitative determination of urea nitrogen in serum. Reaction: kinetic. Wavelength: 340 nm. Linearity: 150 mg/dL (53.4 mmol/L urea) at 37C....
Medicine Products: