Scientific researchers at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) say a blood test can predict psychotic disorders years before they develop.
The Study Finds website detailed the research in a story posted Friday. The website called the research a "potentially game changing new way to predict if a person is at risk of psychosis years down the line."
It said scientists analyzed samples of blood from people classified as being at high risk for psychosis. Researchers then kept in touch with those people to see who did develop a disorder.
And the researchers were able to identify patterns of proteins within the blood samples that correlated with those who had developed psychosis during that period, according to the website.
T study showed that a blood test measuring levels of the proteins could predict psychosis outcomes years before they develop. In fact, one test, which centered on the 10 most predictive proteins, was able to estimate future psychosis patients in 93% of cases, according to Study Finds.
"Our research has shown that, with help from machine learning, analysis of protein levels in blood samples can predict who is truly at risk and could possibly benefit from preventive treatments," said David Cotter, the study's senior and corresponding author at RCSI.
The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry.
"Predictive models based on proteomic biomarkers may contribute to personalized prognosis and stratification strategies in individuals at risk of psychosis," according to the published research.
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