Blood marker may predict suicide

People who killed themselves had higher levels of specific gene

By Laura Sanders, 13:52 PM September 23, 2013

A substance that has been found at elevated levels in the blood of people likely to kill themselves could lead to a simple diagnostic test for suicide risk, researchers report August 20 in Molecular Psychiatry.

Right now, clinicians rely on people’s self-reported symptoms and feelings to decide who is in need of immediate help, but a person intent on suicide isn’t always forthcoming. An unambiguous blood test would show clinicians who is in immediate danger.

“There is such a need for markers,” ...

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