Biomarkers Could Be Used To Diagnose PTSD

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Researchers are working on a new test that could diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mild brain injuries using biomarkers. They believe it could be ready for general use within five years.

The goal of the test is to provide a physical, easily-used test that can diagnose PTSD quickly, eliminating much of the guesswork in the current diagnosis process. It may also help find those who may be predisposed to brain injury complications. Researchers already know that both gender and genetics play a role in the after-effects of brain injuries and PTSD.

Research is getting close and $45 million in grant funds will keep it going.

Research so far has been based on brain mapping, genetics, and biological changes that all appear to tie together in those with a PTSD diagnosis. The goal is a simple blood or urine test to look for those biomarkers that would indicate the onset or existence of PTSD in the patient.

Most of the research is being conducted at the New York University as well as several collaborative universities and labs nationally.

Multiple approaches are being made, including diagnosis through brain map changes, eye studies, and more. All of these could become part of a simpler, more reliable PTSD diagnosis regimen versus the current protocol, which is largely based on patient evaluation and symptoms.

Source: Fox News

 
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