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  •  Proteomics? (1+ / 0-)
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    bluebird of happiness

    I came across an article in PLoS that discussed the use of proteomics as a potential diagnostic tool for schizophrenia and depression (Domenici et al. 2010:  "Plasma Protein Biomarkers for Depression and Schizophrenia by Multi Analyte Profiling of Case-Control Collections").  Are these methods used more widely now or are they still in the research phase.  Interesting stuff.

    •  Not currently used (2+ / 0-)

      Currently there are no biomarkers available that definitively diagnose any psychiatric disease, the way antibodies indicate an infection or troponin indicates a heart attack.  

      There is a lot of research being done, but nothing definitive yet.  Good candidate biomarkers need to also be approved by the FDA, and this process can take years of careful clinical studies.

      "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

      by Hugh Jim Bissell on Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 09:16:21 AM PDT

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