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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.

Sep 23, 2014 / 6 notes


Charles Brenton Huggins was born on this day in 1901 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He graduated from Acadia University in 1920 and went on to study at Harvard receiving his MD degree in 1924.

In 1966, Dr. Huggins received the Nobel Prize (shared with virologist Peyton Rous) for his research on the relationship between hormones and prostate cancer. This work changed forever the way scientists regarded the behaviour of all cancer cells and for the first time brought hope to the prospect of treating advanced cancers. Huggins showed that cancer cells were dependent on chemical signals such as hormones to grow and survive, and that depriving cancer cells of those signals could restore the health of patients. This seminal idea stimulated the further research of cancer treatment via chemotherapy.

Huggins died in Chicago, Illinois in 1997.

Sep 23, 2014 / 6 notes


Even Millennials and Boomers who aren’t keen to live in center city high-rises are looking for walkable, mixed-use living just outside those urban hubs. 

new survey of nearly 12,000 people that gives “concrete evidence of … a desire for reliable, quality transportation in communities across all regions of the U.S., and among riders of all ages, backgrounds and financial status.”
- NextCity