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Blood Test for Postnatal Depression?

Wednesday, 23 May 2012 11:06 AM

Scientists have discovered a new way to identify women who are most at risk of developing postnatal depression by checking for specific genetic traits.
The findings, reported by researchers at Warwick Medical School, pave the way for a simple, accurate blood test that could one day soon be used to check for the likelihood of developing the condition.
The discovery, presented at a meeting of the International Congress of Endocrinology, offers hope for the one in seven women who suffer from the sometimes-debilitating condition, which typically strikes two weeks after childbirth.
“We believe that we have made a discovery with important clinical and social implications,” said lead researcher Dimitris Grammatopoulos. “If we can identify women likely to suffer from [the condition] in advance so that they can be treated appropriately and at an early stage, we will have improved the lives not just of the parents, but also of their children."
For the study, researchers assessed 200 pregnant women for postnatal depression using a standard but limited test – known as the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale -- right after giving birth and then again two to eight weeks later. They found that the women who developed the condition were more likely to have specific genetic variants.

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