New Blood Test for Schizophrenia being Evaluated

Blood Test for Psychosis being evaluated:

Researchers evaluated the experimental blood test in psychiatric patients with symptoms associated with a high risk for psychosis. The blood test identified people who later developed psychosis, according to the preliminary findings recently published online in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin.

A study led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers represents an important step forward in the accurate diagnosis of people who are experiencing the earliest stages of psychosis.

Psychosis includes hallucinations or delusions that define the development of severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia. Schizophrenia emerges in late adolescence and early adulthood and affects about 1 in every 100 people. In severe cases, the impact on a young person can be a life compromised, and the burden on family members can be almost as severe.

The study published in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin reports preliminary results showing that a blood test, when used in psychiatric patients experiencing symptoms that are considered to be indicators of a high risk for psychosis, identifies those who later went on to develop psychosis.

“The blood test included a selection of 15 measures of immune and hormonal system imbalances as well as evidence of oxidative stress,” said Diana O. Perkins, MD, MPH, professor of psychiatry in the UNC School of Medicine and corresponding author of the study. She is also medical director of UNC’s Outreach and Support Intervention Services (OASIS) program for schizophrenia.

“While further research is required before this blood test could be clinically available, these results provide evidence regarding the fundamental nature of schizophrenia, and point towards novel pathways that could be targets for preventative interventions,” Perkins said.

Clark D. Jeffries, PhD, bioinformatics scientist at the UNC-based Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), is a co-author of the study, which was conducted as part of the North American Prodrome Longitudinal Study (NAPLS), an international effort to understand risk factors and mechanisms for development of psychotic disorders.

“Modern, computer-based methods can readily discover seemingly clear patterns from nonsensical data,” said Jeffries. “Added to that, scientific results from studies of complex disorders like schizophrenia can be confounded by many hidden dependencies. Thus, stringent testing is necessary to build a useful classifier. We did that.”

The study concludes that the multiplex blood assay, if independently replicated and if integrated with studies of other classes of biomarkers, has the potential to be of high value in the clinical setting.

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a schizophrenic will not let you take their blood

Sure they will. People on Clozaril do it all the time.

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i thought all needles were a secret way the cia could infect me with HIV so to each their own

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I hope you’re over this concern now…

I personally never liked people getting blood from me because I always thought they just wanted my DNA so they could easily track me down and such.
I’m still a bit on the eh side about giving blood.

Serum copper and plasma zinc just waiting for my results

I’m not afraid of blood test. I have to give blood to check my sugar levels to try and stave off diabetes due to the years of Seroquel… the needle thing doesn’t bother me too much anymore. If I ended up with diabetes I’d have to do insulin everyday… I don’t want that.

But if someone is even 3 minutes late… I’m right back in kidnapper panic. I’ve been fighting off kidnappers my whole life. There are so many people in the world who aren’t kidnappers… but I’ve freaked out on them anyway.

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my blood is blue…it’s a sith thing !?!
take care

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yeah. they kept coming in to do blood work, to me the word blood either meant jesus christ being washed in his blood or the cia infecting me with hiv so they could frame me later and say i had unprotected sex

i dunno just something about a stranger touching my blood was not okay

A blood test?

I could tell them what the cause is though, perhaps alot of us could by now.

Ill say again, hallucinations have physically harmed me on two seperate occasions, one of these times even left two marks on my hand after it was burned.

They can do crazy things to the brain. Thats all it was, them in my brain, thats the disease.

There is no blood test or genetics involved at all, the only way that is involved whatsoever is if certain people are targeted for certain things for certain reasons.

This is horseshit! This entire court is out of order!

Oh my ■■■■ do i want to die.