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A Blood Test for Depression? Science Says It’s Possible

As with any disease, detecting depression early is critical for reducing suffering and for finding an effective course of treatment. Now, in a study released Tuesday, scientists led by Eva Redei at Northwestern Medicine say it may be possible to test for depression in the blood-and figure out which patients will benefit most from behavior-based therapy as a treatment.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

An even simpler test is the AA/EPA ratio from a finger-stick test. Once that ratio decreases significantly, so does the accompanying depression.

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