So the science press brief from Northwestern University was widely reported earlier this week, including in the Daily Mail.
Original press brief here: northwestern.edu/newscenter...
The same authors of this paper had published a previous one on adolescents, though this latest was on adults.
What I would like to know is, how established are these RNA markers for depression? How have the experts responded to this news?
And how can behavioural intervention effectiveness - like cognitive behavioural therapy - possibly be tested for in advance by a blood test of RNA?
It would really be an great leap forward to have a blood test to diagnose depression: but depression currently is diagnosed in the main by assessing behaviour and whilst I understood depression to have inflammatory origins and therefore biological ones - it seems to me rather too much to hope for that 9 RNA markers might determine not only a diagnosis, but efficacy for a therapy that is largely personalised.
I had hoped that the excellent NHS News - Behind the headlines - team might have covered this one. I hope they still might.
Daily Mail: dailymail.co.uk/health/arti...
Published paper: nature.com/tp/journal/v4/n9...