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Blood Test for Teen Depression Under Study

Scientists Say Blood Test Can Tell Difference Between Depression, Anxiety in Teens
By Kathleen Doheny

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April 17, 2012 -- Scientists have developed a blood test that may help diagnose major depression in teens and young adults.

The test is in very early stages. However, scientists hope it will someday make diagnosing depression more objective for teens.

"The bottom line is that a test is possible from blood that can differentiate teens with major depression from those who do not have it," says scientist Eva Redei, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

The findings are published in Translational Psychiatry.

It's crucial to point out that the study is very preliminary and not ready for clinical use, says Alexander B. Niculescu III, MD, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and medical neuroscience at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is also researching blood tests for depression and other mood disorders.

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