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 Posted 4/30/2014 6:30:45 AM
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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140429105015.htm

This has been needed for a very long time....


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 Posted 5/1/2014 3:32:40 AM
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Nice finding and agree such a type of test is much needed. The full article is here:
http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0092543
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 Posted 5/5/2014 1:35:34 PM
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Why is this needed?

On the research side I see your point.  This could lead to new meds or a better understanding of the disease process. 

I don't see how it helps a front line doc in the exam room.  It your doc needs this test to determine if you are depressed, then they are probably in the wrong business...
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 Posted 5/5/2014 7:35:10 PM
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I think a blood test is still a very valid add on as diagnostic tool and of course that should follow from a better understanding of the disease and lead to better medications and possibly cure.

While never studied in detail, I also think depression might come in various stages and degrees of seriousness and is probably one of those conditions where a more objective test might help.



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 Posted 5/6/2014 5:21:33 AM
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It's well known that most depression goes untreated.
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