Depression in Teens Could Be Diagnosed with Blood Test

Can a psychiatric disorder be diagnosed with a blood test? That may be the future if two recent studies pan out. Researchers are figuring out how to differentiate the blood of a depressed person from that of someone without depression. ... Full Story »

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Sirajul Islam
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by Sirajul Islam - Apr. 19, 2012

Enterprising story by Jennifer Welsh about a new scientic discovry to diagnose depression by blood test based on a recent study, published in the journal Translational Psychiatry. The said blood tests aren't meant to replace a psychiatrist, but could make the diagnosis process easier. Fascinating article. And an optimistic finding, despite the small sample size.

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Annie Greene
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by Annie Greene - May. 21, 2012

I found this article to be very interesting. It does a good job at delving into recent studies on blood work and early on set depression and although there is still much work to be done before we can apply this research in everyday medicine, it is informative.

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Caroline Silver
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by Caroline Silver - May. 16, 2012

Knowing some people personally who suffer from depression, I'm not sure if I liked this article. Yes I understand that depression is a serious issue, but what is not so important is diagnosis, but rather treatment, which a lot of it is done through dialectical therapy. I could write an op-ed about what this might do for future treatments for depression in the future, or the new advancements that can occur when medical and psychiatric science is combined. Although I could write an op-ed about the potential advancements in medicine, I could also write a paper about the controversy this could cause. First of all, a lot of people can have the genetic susceptibility of depression, say it runs in their family, but then sometimes they ... More »

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Megan Neider
by Megan Neider - May. 21, 2012

Choose a story that has a science or health issue at center. What are some writing techniques you see that you could try yourself? This story has a health issue at the center- it discusses the possibility of diagnosing depression in teens by taking a blood sample. The writing technique that I could definitely try myself is how succinct and to the point the article is. The paragraphs are only a couple of sentences each and it gets straight to the point of the article without adding extra words or phrases that might detract from the meat of the story. I would like to try to do this better in my own writing.

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Fabrice Florin
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by Fabrice Florin - Apr. 18, 2012
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Alexandra Hawayek
2.8
by Alexandra Hawayek - May. 7, 2012

Although this story contains interesting information on neuro-science advancements and discoveries that are potentially groundbreaking, the content-the science-based facts that support the claim- is thin. Both the title of the article, "Depression in Teens Could Be Diagnosed with Blood Test," and the abstract, "A blood test based on 11 genetic markers could make early-onset diagnosis easier and possibly relieve the stigma of depression," immediately grabbed my attention. However, I was disappointed by the vagueness and lack of science-based content within this article. The article delves into the statistics- the high link between adults suffering from depression and their blood samples containing "depression indicating" genetic ... More »

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Jessica Yrani
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by Jessica Yrani - May. 7, 2012

This offers an interesting approach to depression. An opinion can be written on the stigma that exists with the disease of depression and show the reasons why it is a stigma. Then give the solution of any kind of physical evidence like a blood test can help.

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Anna Woelfel
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by Anna Woelfel - May. 21, 2012

This story is good because it uses a lot of scientific evidence. A lot of different studies are cited and the researcher gave a lot of good, not dry quotes. By explaining the study, the author makes the psychological news seem more reliable. The hard facts help this soft science article more factual.

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