New Blood Test Targets Depression

New Blood Test Targets Depression - Health Council

“Medics currently have to rely on trial and error, meaning around half of the time the first type of antidepressant given fails to work. The researchers from King’s College London say checking a patient’s blood could help identify accurate treatment. Those who test positive for inflammation need more aggressive therapy from the outset, they say.”

“Marjorie Wallace from the mental health charity SANE said: “Being able to target those people with depression who don’t respond to medication would be one of the most exciting steps forward in the treatment of mental illness for decades.” Jenny Edwards of the Mental Health Foundation said: “If this test is as comprehensive and effective as thought then today’s news could mark a real sea-change in treatment.”

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