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First Blood Test to Diagnose Depression in Adults

The first blood test to diagnose major depression in adults has been developed by Northwestern Medicine scientists, a breakthrough approach that provides the first objective, scientific diagnosis for depression. The test identifies depression by measuring the levels of nine RNA blood markers. RNA molecules are the messengers that interpret the DNA genetic code and carry out its instructions.

The blood test also predicts who will benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy based on the behavior of some of the markers. This will provide the opportunity for more effective, individualized therapy for people with depression.

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Funding: The study was supported by grants R21 MH077234 and R01 MH059708 from the National Institute of Mental Health of the National Institutes of Health and by grants from the Davee Foundation.

"Play Doesn’t End With Childhood: Why Adults Need Recess Too" via Sami Yenigun

Who said adults don’t need to play, too? Research shows that doing something engaging, voluntary and fun helps adults maintain their social well-being and reduces risks of diseases like Alzheimer’s. And as an added bonus, having some playtime makes adult life more enjoyable. So go ahead –– crack open that new book or break out some markers for doodling. 

– Alexander

Image: Frank DiBona/Flickr

I’m going to tell you something important. Grown-ups don’t look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside they’re big and thoughtless and they always know what they’re doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when they were your age. The truth is, there aren’t any grown-ups. Not one, in the whole wide world.
—  Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane



MOMS: RECord yourself giving Practical Advice on these stages of Motherhood:

  • Pregnancy
  • Birth
  • Toddlers
  • School Age
  • Teenagers
  • Adults


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