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Potential test for chronic fatigue syndrome – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on March 5th, 2015.

Newly discovered biomarkers could form the basis of a long sought-after blood test for chronic fatigue sufferers. Chronic fatigue syndrome, known medically as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS) is a disabling disorder, in which symptoms range from extreme fatigue and difficulty concentrating to headaches and muscle pain. However, to date there has been no reliable test to […]

Predicting Alzheimer’s disease – Experts respond

John Kerr posted in on July 9th, 2014.

Scientists have identified a set of 10 proteins in the blood which can predict the onset of Alzheimer’s, marking a significant step towards developing a blood test for the disease. The research published this week in Alzheimer’s & Dementia was based on an anylasis of more than 1,000 individuals identified a combination of 10 proteins […]

Biological marker for depression in teens – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on February 18th, 2014.

Teenage boys who show a combination of depressive symptoms and elevated levels of the ‘stress hormone’ cortisol are up to fourteen times more likely to develop major depression than those who show neither trait, according to new research. In a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from the […]

A blood test for suicide risk? – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on August 21st, 2013.

Researchers have identified series of blood biomarkers that they believe may help to identify individuals at risk of attempting suicide, but independent experts are cautious about over-interpreting this preliminary study. In a study published this week in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, the US researchers said the biomarkers — certain RNA molecules —  were found at […]

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